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Re: Ubuntu smartphone OSU
Canonical press releases make it very clear that Ubuntu Phone is going to be what you're hoping it won't be. Native apps will need to be developed specifically for it like any other OS.
Originally Posted by Montigusto
Can they expect faster support than both MS or BB for official native apps from FB, Twitter, Instagram, Skype, Netflix, all the major banks, and a couple dozen more apps that everyone else other than android and iphone have a hard time landing? For all the years Linux has been around on desktop, I noticed that they're still having issues getting nVidia drivers for new graphics cards that Windows gets right away, so I'm skeptical the app situation on this mobile OS is going to be any different.
I've noticed most of the buzz about ubuntu phone has been on Android websites and I think it's due to a common misconception that you're somehow going to be able to run your Android apps from Google Play store on it. You won't. And even should the developer community figure a way to side load Android apps onto an ubuntu phone, you're going to end up in the same crappy situation bb10 is in, with those apps not being able to integrate as fully into the core OS as they would natively (for example you can't invoke android Google maps from within the bb10 browser) and things like that.
The only cool thing ubuntu has going for it is a fresh new UI, but that's not enough to draw large app development support as has already been illustrated by wp8 and BB10. The reason I remain firm with Android is because the large developer community are already pushing out apps that mimic other OS UI features, including swipe gesture multitasking from within apps even. I've already seen someone set their Nexus 7 up to replace all the Android navigation buttons with swipe gestures. You can install sidebar apps and all kinds of notification panel stuff as well.