Ubuntu for Phones: Just Another Hobby for the Neckbeards
Today, Canonical threw us Android users a bit of a curve ball by announcing Ubuntu for phones. Ubuntu for phones is different than Ubuntu for Android in that it acts as a mobile OS on your phone as well as a desktop OS when docked. This is a bold move considering Canonical doesn’t seem to have the backing of any OEM or carrier, never mind a viable ecosystem to sustain such a move. Being able to launch Ubuntu when docking your Android device is one thing, but erasing Android from the equation entirely is, well… just another hobby for Neckbeards.
What do I mean? Well, first of all, I can literally count the amount of Ubuntu users I know on one hand. Secondly, Ubuntu is a completely open OS and as we all know, “open” isn’t exactly something carriers and manufacturers care for.
Canonical is going to have a hell of a time finding any OEM or carrier willing to work with their open platform at this point in the game. Just look at Android: now the leading mobile OS and yet Google still has next to zero control over carrier update practices — let alone support for official Google apps such as Google Wallet.
If carriers and OEMs barely budge for Google, what in the world makes Canonical think they’re going to allow Ubuntu to run free on their devices and networks? Sorry Conical, just not going to happen.
Don’t get me wrong, I’d love to see an Ubuntu OS break into the market, unfortunately I don’t see it having much success. Let’s just say the decks are heavily stacked against it.
To start from scratch and build up an entire ecosystem to compete against the likes of Android and Apple at this point is beyond optimism and borderline insanity.
Canonical hasn’t exactly been the most reliable when it comes to its mobile projects either. Remember Ubuntu Mobile back in 2008? Yea, neither do I. Then we have Ubuntu for Android, and well… yeah. And now this? I don’t know about you, but I’m not holding my breath.
If I didn’t know any better, I’d think this whole thing was a Kickstarter project.
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