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Jan 12, 2012

Why would Canonical bring a Linux-based platform to mobile devices when we already have Android?

I've read that Canonical is working on a Linux based platform for mobile devices, and plans to release it within the next couple of years. Nothing against Canonical (except Ubuntu perhaps), but if Android is at its heart an open source Linux platform, isn't Canonical going to spend a lot of time and resources to reinvent the wheel?

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01/13/2012

From what I have seen, Canonical doesn't plan to release Ubuntu for mobile devices until 2014.  That's a long time, just think back to how much smartphones have changed in 2 years.  Android meant 2.0 Eclair back then.  What is the Android OS going to look like in 2 more years?  Dunno, and neither does Canonical, which could make it pretty challenging to hit a moving target.  Also, Google just purchased Motorola, so that's one manufacturer that won't be putting anything but Android on their hardware.  Of course, things could change in the other direction as well.  After all, remember when Blackberry was THE choice for business users?  Or Nokia when had huge market share?  Those were both reality just a couple of years ago, so who knows what unforeseen events will occur between now and when there are Ubuntu mobile devices.  I think it will be interesting to see what happens.  Assuming it actually is released at some point, it will at the very least offer another option, and as jimlynch pointed out, choice is a good thing. 

01/13/2012
You raise a good point about duplicating the Android efforts. But not everybody is enamored with Android, and some people simply don't like it. Canonical's efforts at least provide an alternative to Android that isn't iOS or Windows.

Will it work? I really don't know, but I'm a big fan of choice. So if Canonical has something viable to offer then I'm happy they are doing it. Let the market decide with version of mobile Linux it prefers.

Canonical might just find a nice niche for its mobile Linux, and I don't see how that's a bad thing.
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