Ubuntu to Expand to Mobile Devices

At this week’s Ubuntu Developer Conference, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth will announce plans to put the open source operating system on smartphones and tablets. “Everyday computer users are starting to do their computing across a broader array of devices and form factors,” Shuttleworth said. Canonical wants to “bring Ubuntu to all the personal computing form factors, on phones, tablets, and smart-screens.”

From a mobile development perspective, Shuttleworth said that Ubuntu offers advantages because apps created for the Ubuntu desktop would need little modification to run on smartphones and tablets. He also said that the company adopted the somewhat controversial Unity interface in part because it would work well on tablets.

No word on when actual mobile devices running Ubuntu might become available.

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