Lomiri: Ubuntu for smartphones gets a new desktop environment (Unity8 rebranded)

When Canonical abandoned its Ubuntu for smartphones project, an independent group of developers called called UBPorts picked up the pieces of open source code and carried on. Over the last few years, the UBPorts version of Ubuntu Touch has started to diverge from the OS Canonical left behind by adding support for new devices and […]

UBports is keeping the Ubuntu Phone dream alive (through third-party development)

The company behind the popular Ubuntu Linux operating system may have given up on Ubuntu for phones and tablets. But as expected, third-party developers are picking up where Canonical left off. UBports was originally founded to port Ubuntu to devices that weren’t originally supported by Canonical. Now that Canonical doesn’t really support any of those devices […]

Canonical to stop supporting Ubuntu Phone in June

Canonical had already announced development of its Ubuntu Phone software was ending. Now we know when the final nail goes in the coffin: June. That’s when Canonical plans to end support for the handful of phones and tablets running the touchscreen-optimized version of Ubuntu Linux. In a message to NetworkWorld, Canonical notes that “Ubuntu phones and […]

Ubuntu’s Unity desktop environment may live on… as a third-party fork

Canonical has announced that it’s abandoning plans to develop versions of the Ubuntu operating system that run on smartphones and tablets… and that means the company is also giving up on the Unity desktop environment that was supposed to provide a “convergence” experience no matter what type of device you were using. Starting with Ubuntu 18.04, […]

Meizu Pro 5 is the first Ubuntu phone that’s also a desktop PC (thanks to OTA-11 update)

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone features a Samsung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and a 5.7 inch full HD AMOLED display. When it launched earlier this year, it was the most powerful smartphone to ship with Ubuntu’s smartphone-friendly operating system to date. Now it’s also the first Ubuntu […]

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition smartphone now available for $370

The Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is the most powerful smartphone to have Ubuntu phone software pre-installed. It features a 5.7 inch full HD display, a Samung Exynos 7420 octa-core processor, and 3GB of RAM. First announced in February, the Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is now available for purchase from JD.com $370. While this is […]

Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition is the most powerful Ubuntu phone to date

About half a year after launching the Android-powered Meizu Pro 5 smartphone in China, Meizu is introducing a new Ubuntu Edition of the phone. The new Meizu Pro 5 Ubuntu Edition goes up for pre-order this week at Meizu.com, and the phone will be available for purchase globally… although you probably won’t be able to use […]

Ubuntu celebrates 11th birthday, looks ahead to smartphone/desktop convergence

11 years ago the first version of Ubuntu was released: Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog.  Later this week Canonical will release Ubuntu 15.10 Wily Werewolf. The operating system’s come a long way in the past 11 years, but so have the devices that can run Ubuntu. For the past few years Canonical has been working to […]

Lilbits 308: Is Microsoft spying on you (a lot)?

Windows 10 has gotten a lot of attention for bringing back the Start Menu, adding the Edge web browser and Cortana digital assistant to desktop Windows users, and introducing Continuum technology to automatically transition from desktop to tablet mode and back again on 2-in-1 notebook/tablet convertibles. But the operating system has also come under fire […]

Ubuntu Phone gains landscape support, paves way for mouse and keyboard support

Canonical is rolling out an over-the-air update for smartphones running its Ubuntu software. Ubuntu OTA-5 adds one key new feature, a few smaller features and bug fixes, and lays the groundwork for a very important new feature that probably won’t work on most phones currently running Ubuntu software. Screen rotation First up is support for […]