Developers will be able to use their Google Galaxy Nexus and Google Nexus 4 devices to “flash” a developer-friendly version of Ubuntu Mobile from Canonical.  Interestingly, Google gave away thousands of those devices during their Google IO developer events, and that’s probably why they were high on the list of devices to support for this release.Ubuntu comes as a fresh player on the mobile operating system (OS) stage, and so far, we have been impressed by what we’ve seen. The team behind this OS is confident that its native code support can bring a significant-enough performance difference to add value to handset makers (Android apps use a Java Virtual machine, which is an optimized “emulator”, if you want). It is true that the Ubuntu user interface and overall OS runs very smoothly, but is it different enough that handset makers would invest time and resources to a new platform? We don’t know, but that would certainly be worth following.


What is a much bigger difference is that Ubuntu Mobile apps also run on Ubuntu Desktop, and other hardware platforms such as smart television, tablets, etc. Check the video below as it shows what Ubuntu looks like and how fluid it is. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

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Diagonal (inches)4.65"4.7"
Battery Capacity (mAh)1750 mAh2100 mAh
Processor NameTI OMAP 4460Snapdragon
RAM Options1GB2GB
Street Price$429 Galaxy Nexus on Amazon$115 Google Nexus 4 on Amazon
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