Really loved the design. Hope canonical makes it better and gathers more app support
This phone is lunchege what time in india, All frind waiting for phone. Thanks a lot.
Alex so ignorant, tested ubuntu developer version a long time ago. a pre pre alpha which never got updated, and i was amazed. i can hardly wait to see the finished version. i for sure will try to get one of these phones.
Linc-lion, 08 Feb 2015A mobile phone with no Whatsapp? No android app support, that means no candy crush and other g... moreWith the upcoming "Mir" display server, "traditional" Ubuntu applications, programs and games will be able to run on Ubuntu Phone (or the tablet variant, once it becomes available)... In a nutshell, the "Mir" display server will adapt the application, program or game to suit the screen of whatever device is being used.
This means that ALL of the software for Ubuntu (as in the PC operating system) will run natively on Ubuntu Phone... Once Mir has been implemented in the PC version of Ubuntu, anyway.
Further to this, anyone that doesn't listen to all of the anti-Linux/Ubuntu propaganda will know that even "out-of-the-box", Ubuntu is capable of so much more than a Microsoft Windows-based operating system, with oceans of third-party software available (often for free) that will add any additional functionality required.
This first smartphone is garbage, but the operating system behind it (i.e. Ubuntu Phone) has so much more potential than all of the other smartphone operating systems currently available...
A mobile phone with no Whatsapp? No android app support, that means no candy crush and other games to compete with friends. What about Microsoft word and excel?
Ubuntu, you have a lot of LOYAL supporters, Please take your time and produce a device that can be used in our everyday lives. I won't have time to check forums and threads on how to share a photo with my mum, Blackberry,Nokia or Android.
Anonymous, 07 Feb 2015Windows 10 will be what Ubuntu should be but never will be!"Windows 10 will be what Ubuntu should be but never will be!"
what? insecure and virus prone?
epdm, 06 Feb 2015"...the first Ubuntu smartphone will be anything but a flagship...."
Oh Dear... t... moreThis initial smartphone is specifically targeted at "early adopters", developers and Ubuntu patriots... Anyone will be able to purchase the smartphone, but those are the people this device is specifically being made for.
For everyone else, there is the upcoming Meizu smartphone (which is rumored to be a high-end device) and Mark Shuttleworth has repeatedly stated that other devices are "in the works" (Bq for example, are rumored to be working on a device specifically made for Ubuntu Phone, rather than a re-purposed Android smartphone)...
Supposedly Canonical are "in talks" with "major manufacturers" about Ubuntu Phone devices too, though my personal opinion is that this is just marketing talk - I'd love to be proven wrong though (come on Sony)!
garghas, 06 Feb 2015I hope now GSMArena adds BQ devices to their list. They have lots of interesting Android devices...I wouldn't hold your breath - unlike days gone by, GSM Arena seems to focus only on the "mainstream" operating systems and manufacturers these days... That is, devices that run one of "The Big Three" (Android, Apple iOS or Microsoft Windows Phone) or devices running alternative operating systems from major manufacturers (e.g. BlackBerry 10 on the "BlackBerry" smartphones).
phabignu, 06 Feb 2015Hope it arrives in Brazil (In know it's a dream).
Are the html5 apps compatible with the fir... moreHTML5 should - in theory - be compatible regardless of the platform... It has the same "write once, run anywhere" mentality that is the basis of Java.
In practice, this is not always the case... But on paper, they should be compatible.
Edit: I should point out however, that most of Ubuntu Phone's "applications" and "games" will run via "scopes", which is basically a software-based "wrapper" for the HTML5 content... I'm not too sure how well this will or will not work with third-party HTML5 content, such as that for Firefox OS.
Theoretically, Firefox OS' HTML5 content should still be compatible (as per my comments above), but I couldn't say for certain until someone actually tries it...
blush, 07 Feb 2015Actually no it isn't linux, it uses a heavily modified older version of the kernel and is most... moreActually, you're wrong - "Linux" is technically the kernel (or in layman's terms, "the heart" of the operating system) and like Ubuntu Phone, Android uses a Linux kernel...
Most of the "behind the scenes" stuff is written in C and run natively; whilst the user interface, games and applications are written in Java and run via a "virtual machine" (although technically incorrect, it's sort of like an emulator, if you are not familiar with virtual machines).
By comparison, Ubuntu Phone runs everything natively... Though I should point out that at this time, most applications and games will be HTML5 based (basically Web pages with a software-based wrapper).
Considering "Bq" is not even listed on GSM Arena as a manufacturer, I don't suppose the odds are in our favor for a review?
It would be great to get a detailed overview of Ubuntu Phone and when it comes to reviews of smartphones and phablets, GSM Arena pretty much sets the benchmark with regards to quality...
churman, 06 Feb 2015I dont get....why dont they just create a android rom..with ubuntu features..Because that wouldn't be "Ubuntu". Ubuntu is a totally different OS. They're both Linux, but at different levels.
Ubuntu applications are either HTML5 or Qt5, in which case they can actually be native, as opposed to running on the Dalvik VM.
Bro, you realise that whether older or newer, the Linux kernel is the Linux kernel?
Android is Linux.
The big bezel hides three capacitive buttons (the usual home screen button, back and task navigation). So thanks to that you have more screen space. If you like or not, well, then that's your choice.
Bought two of them for my parents (the Android version, which comes with 4.4.2), 4 months ago, and so far they like it. Nice decent battery, double SIM, external mSD card, and nice performance. I'll leave a link so you can see the full specs of the android version http://www.bq.com/es/productos/aquaris-e4-5.html
All in all, I would say it's on the same league as the first generation of the Motorola Moto G (even outperforms it on benchmarks).