Ubuntu Touch was a system that caused many opinions among Linux users. On April 5, 2017 Canonical founder and CEO Mark Shuttleworth, announced the end of Ubuntu Phone. But, did Ubuntu Touch die together? I will give my point of view on the subject, and would like to know yours too.
Ubuntu Phone's trajectory was very troubled, with an apparent initial failure in its crowdfunding campaign, many betting on the immediate end of Canonical's idea. In February 2015, the owner of Ubuntu enters into a partnership with the Spanish company BQ and launches her first device. Then another manufacturer, the Chinese Meizu. It seemed that gradually the system was beginning to please manufacturers and could take off at any moment.
In the mobile world there are two big competitors and one reigns almost sovereignly on the smartphones of manufacturers. Obviously I'm talking about Android and iOS. Because of its exclusivity and the need to link with Apple devices, iOS is not as successful as it could be. Of course, I'm talking about countries with a weaker or emerging economy, like India and Brazil. In the United States of America, the owner of the apple is very popular. Inevitably when a new mobile system comes up, comparisons with Android and iOS are performed almost immediately. Developers evaluate the reach of platforms and focus on those that can generate the most return, either from users or money (basically the same thing).
It doesn't matter how big the company is behind a new project (it really does, but you understand what I mean) if your system doesn't follow some guidelines. It is really a requirement for every new system created, a compatibility with Android apps. The user base of the green robot is so large that even in the emergence of an innovative idea developers will only think of one thing. The established base of users.
Microsoft has tried to enter the market with its Windows Phone system, and has an interesting look and useful features for everyday life. Not having a large base and not being compatible with Android apps, decreed the end of an alternative that differed from the others. A powerful, multi-million dollar company (Nokia has hugged) the Windows Phone / Mobile has had its end.
Note that Ubuntu Phone, as a result of Ubuntu Touch, suffered the same harm. Not to be Android. However, the story differs from this point.
As long as there are people working, open source software does not die
Ubuntu Phone has come to an end, but the community and many who worked on Ubuntu Touch have kept hopes on the system. Even without Canonical funding, the UBports community embraced the idea of Ubuntu Touch.
Over the years Ubuntu Touch has remained alive, receiving news and improvements. Slowly and gradually the system is becoming more mature and with great ambitions, such as run android apps. Something planned a long time ago, but not out of paper.
Unfortunately Windows Mobile, because it is proprietary, cannot have that spark of hope. I can not say that Ubuntu Touch will go around because it is open source software. This does not guarantee the success of the system in becoming popular. It only allows people in love to invest the time of their lives in a project.
What does the death of a project mean to you? The end of its development or not being popular. If the second option was your answer, we can say that Ubuntu Touch is a walking dead. For even though it is not popular, it is still being used by a small number of people, receiving new features and in full development.
The last major system update, for example, has brought greater hardware compatibility with some smartphones. Called OTA-10, here are some phones that bring better support for Ubuntu Touch, such as Fairphone 2, Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7, OnePlus One, Meizu PRO 5 and more.
Visit the UBports blog, and read the improvements and watch the hard work on the system. Every 3 months the community has been releasing new updates, some with major performance changes and others with new features.
The future of uncertain Ubuntu Touch, not even Microsoft-caliber companies have managed to stay in the market. Will Ubuntu Touch ever be popular with users, or will it partner with another manufacturer? Maybe Canonical resumes the project. Apparently, no. However, Ubuntu Touch did not die.
Leave your opinion, however, be complacent and polite.
Do you believe in the return of Ubuntu Touch, factory shipped in smartphones? Or do you think that even if you support Android apps, the system will not work?
See you in the next post, good luck to the UBports team, SYSTEMATICALLY!
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