BBC News reported yesterday on the Ubuntu operating system coming to smartphones. Several analysts questioned whether users will go for it, which I find to be a valid question.
While smartphone screens are getting larger and processors are getting more powerful, operating desktop applications on a smartphone screen can be cumbersome at best. I’ve tried logging into client’s computers using Team Viewer HD and it wasn’t a pleasant experience. Everything looked squashed. Scrolling was intermittent and text was tiny enough to benefit from a magnifying glass. I can only imagine the experience on a smartphone, even one as large and powerful as the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, which is the first phone the Ubuntu operating system will be ported to.
Apparently app developers are going to be asked to create with a phone’s screen and processor in mind, but do we need to fragment the app world even more? iOS, Android, Windows and now Ubuntu? (Not to mention Kindle Fire and Nook Tablet.)
I’m not convinced the demand is going to be large enough, soon enough for developers to tackle yet one more operating system.
Canonical, the London-based firm behind this project, will be showcasing phones running the software at CES in Las Vegas next week. I’ll be interested to see what people think when they actually see and play with them.
Anyone want to disagree? Is there a market for this that the analysts and I are overlooking?