There had been talks of the launch of the Ubuntu phone for a long time now but it seems the talks are finally going to become a reality. Canonical, the company that is responsible for the development of Ubuntu, an open-source operating system, will be selling the Aquarius E4.5 Ubuntu Edition in parts of Europe. The new phone is expected to give tough competition to the low to mid range phones in the market.
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Standing out with Exceptional Mobile Experience
The company hopes that the Ubuntu mobile will stand out from the rest with its exceptional mobile experience. There are a number of swipe-from-the-edges gestures which make up the interface. If you want to call up a type of dock, you can swipe from the left; all the app icons in your phone will be in a vertical scrolling line. When you swipe from the top, you will be able to see recent calls and quick settings. To get all your apps in a stack of screens which you can scroll down, you have to swipe from the right. If you swipe to right or left, from the middle of your phone’s screen, you will be able to switch from one app to another, with each app slipping on its own “card”. This kind of card-based navigation has been named by Canonical as Scopes and the company claims that a web app can get easily adapted to the system.
Even if you want to focus on any individual component in your phone, you can do so with gestures. For instance, you can dismiss a contact on a list or perform any other action, depending on the way in which you swipe your finger. It works in the same way as notifications are seen in iOS devices.
Other Important Specifications
The Ubuntu phone has a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor. It comes with 1GB RAM and 8GB of external storage. The rear camera of 8 megapixel and a full HD display of 1080p resolution, makes this phone worth buying. The phone supports dual SIM cards, which makes it even more appealing to customers who are looking for a budget phone.
Just shell out 169.90 euros and you will be able to get the phone on BQ.com.
With focus on the mobile experience and its cost-effective price, this new Ubuntu phone might turn out to be perfect for customers who do not need to run many apps.
Are you going to use the Ubuntu phone? Do you think it can give a tough competition to other budget phones? We would love to hear your views.