Ubuntu For Phones
Canonical has been working on its smartphone operating system for a while now. The company first showed off its mobile version of Ubuntu running on a Galaxy Nexus at CES 2013. The OS was shown running on slightly updated hardware, a Nexus 4, at this year’s MWC. Overall, the experience was a lot smoother, and the operating system itself was a pleasure to use, being both intuitive and visually appealing.
We're eager to get our hands on some new phones running this software, and luckily, we don't actually have all that long to wait. Just last week Canonical announced that both Meizu and BQ had signed on to produce and release Ubuntu-based smartphones. In fact, we already went hands-on with the first of Meizu's Ubuntu offerings, and while our MX3 is running Android, an Ubuntu-flavored handset is due to hit the States later this year.
Boasting a 5.2-inch 1800x1080 display (412 ppi), the MX3 also packs an Exynos 5 Octa SoC, 2 GB of RAM, and an integrated 2400 mAh battery. The handset also features an 8-megapixel rear camera, with a 2-megapixel lens up front, and both cameras can shoot 1080p video at 30 frames per second. While the MX3 isn’t as attractive as the Ubuntu Edge that Canonical initially tried to launch via Indiegogo, it is a bit more powerful than the current Nexus 4 reference unit.
Ubuntu presents a fresh take on the smartphone OS, and that’s why we’re giving it our Best Of MWC 2014.