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#16 chrisj1968

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:30

I see this bringing linux front and center. is this the first flavor of linux to go phone?


#17 ViperAFK

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 03:35

I see this bringing linux front and center. is this the first flavor of linux to go phone?


Depends if you count android as a linux flavor. There was also meego, but nokia ditched it for WP8 it before it ever really had a chance.

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:00

I don't see what looks ridiculous about it.


The dock on the side there. I am all for minimalism, but on my phone I want quick and easy access to my applications. There is a variety of applications I use on a daily basis, and the dock can only display so many without having to open another menu.

#19 ViperAFK

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:02

The dock on the side there. I am all for minimalism, but on my phone I want quick and easy access to my applications. There is a variety of applications I use on a daily basis, and the dock can only display so many without having to open another menu.


1. The dock is easily scrollable as shown in the video.
2. The dock is just for pinning the most used apps, there is still a home screen available...

#20 Praetor

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:34

looks neat but i wonder how it will run on older phones with less RAM and low specs?

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 05:52

Here’s how the UI works:

  • Instead of a lock screen, you wake the device to a welcome screen that shows you a stunning visualization of useful information such as the number of messages and tweets waiting for you, the distance you have walked, the time you have talked on the phone, and much more. All this information evolves as you keep on using your device.
  • Instead of providing you with app icons, tiles or widgets, the home screen shows you your most frequently used content including most used apps, most contacted people, and most played media.
  • A short swipe from the left edge brings up a bar of apps while a long swipe shows you all the currently running apps. Being accessible from anywhere across the OS, these gestures make app launching and switching super-fast.
  • Similarly, swiping from the right edge switches to the previously used app. This works in chronological order for all the apps you use, making app switching a breeze.
  • Swiping downwards from the top bar performs different actions depending on the icon in the notification bar you swipe down from. For instance, swiping down on the speaker icon brings up the volume controls, while doing the same on the message icon shows you all your messages, also allowing you to reply to them instantly from right there., rather than having to tap a notification and launch the app. This works not only for messages but also for tweets, email, Facebook interactions and phone calls.
  • As mentioned above, there are no system-wide controls other than gestures, hence there are no universal buttons. However, swiping up from the bottom edge reveals the control bar for in-app actions whenever required.
  • Global search feature will let you quickly access apps as well as content relevant to the current context from anywhere in the OS as well as online results.
  • Similarly, there will be fully integrated voice as well as text command support at both system and app level.


XDA

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:00

I wonder how the application support will be for this OS? It looks to be a fantastic OS to use but I fear the (probable) lack of apps will let it down.

#23 Xahid

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:06

I wonder how the application support will be for this OS? It looks to be a fantastic OS to use but I fear the (probable) lack of apps will let it down.


its Backed by Canonical.

#24 HawkMan

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:15

Honestly the workflow of it seems pretty bad to me, the four corners thing dosn't work very well with the large sizes of todays phones.

The side bar seems like a terrible idea in reality, and reminds me of early Nokia and Samsung phones. The very ones everyone slaughtered. And the one screen seems like a terrible re implementation of microsofts idea, except... Terrible.

It looks like annoys designed by geeks who sat around thinking up cool ideas and made it into a phone OS with no consideration for phone OS usability.

its Backed by Canonical.


That doesn't really mean anything.

#25 chrisj1968

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 06:26

1. The dock is easily scrollable as shown in the video.
2. The dock is just for pinning the most used apps, there is still a home screen available...


This could seriously prove that Linux is a serious OS for most needs and environments

#26 ViperAFK

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:24

Honestly the workflow of it seems pretty bad to me, the four corners thing dosn't work very well with the large sizes of todays phones.

The side bar seems like a terrible idea in reality, and reminds me of early Nokia and Samsung phones. The very ones everyone slaughtered. And the one screen seems like a terrible re implementation of microsofts idea, except... Terrible.

It looks like annoys designed by geeks who sat around thinking up cool ideas and made it into a phone OS with no consideration for phone OS usability.



That doesn't really mean anything.


I completely disagree, the swiping looked very intuitive to me after watching the video. WP8 works somewhat similarly and I haven't seen any big complaints about it there.

And regarding nokia, are you talking about meego? Meego didn't fail do to the UI, it failed because nokia barely released a single device with it and hopped to WP8 almost immediately leaving the device pretty much dead in the water.

#27 HawkMan

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:36

No, olde, first gen Nokia touch devices. And old Samsung devices had the sidebar

#28 The Teej

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Posted 03 January 2013 - 12:46

I'm really, really loving the look of this OS. I could very easily see me ditching Android on my Nexus 7 and using this for quite a while. Although, I certainly wouldn't mind if Dalvik VM was ported to Ubuntu Mobile, eiher! Pretty amusing Ubuntu got to use Windows 8's gestures before Windows Phone 8 did, though!

#29 +SharpGreen

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 05:06

Drivers will definitely be an issue if we're talking about installing on a wide range of Android devices.

Its built on the Android version the linux kernel and it uses all Android drivers, shouldn't be too much of a problem.


Also I can't wait to get this on my Galaxy nexus.

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Posted 04 January 2013 - 07:24

Honestly the workflow of it seems pretty bad to me, the four corners thing dosn't work very well with the large sizes of todays phones.

The side bar seems like a terrible idea in reality, and reminds me of early Nokia and Samsung phones. The very ones everyone slaughtered. And the one screen seems like a terrible re implementation of microsofts idea, except... Terrible.

It looks like annoys designed by geeks who sat around thinking up cool ideas and made it into a phone OS with no consideration for phone OS usability.



That doesn't really mean anything.


It looks really usable to me, don't know what you are on about. Fail? Wow, does everything you type always have to be so extreme? Why would it fail instantly? You are wrong, its only speculation from an usual very narcissistic commenter, hint hint. The abstract comparison to 1st gen phones baffle me, please do explain oh wise one. And get real, MS does a way worse job that implementing mobile OS features, it takes them forever to add the simplest of features which amazes me! And lol, if Ubuntu designers are a bunch of "geeks" - (dont even know what you are getting at here), them realistically the bunch at MS had to be a bunch of old 50'ish men, who sit all day in offices playing the game of what does the market want, when its blatantly obvious, like a slap to the face, but their arrogance clouds and destroys the progress of technology. yawn/ talking cr#p is so easy.... /s