The expected smartphone-native version of the popular Ubuntu operating system has been revealed by Canonical, with an early version of the mobile-focused Linux distro demonstrated running on a Samsung Galaxy Nexus phone, replacing the device's native Android OS.
Absent the traditional smartphone home button, Ubunutu instead uses various swipe guestures to for application navigation.
Your phone is more immersive, the screen is less cluttered, and you flow naturally from app to app with edge magic. The phone becomes a full PC and thin client when docked. Ubuntu delivers a magical phone that is faster to run, faster to use and fits perfectly into the Ubuntu family.
Hands on demos with the software over on tech sites Engadget and The Verge show quite a bit of input-lag in the early software release, but the concept is intriguing nevertheless.
The first OEM devices using Ubunutu as their primary OS are expected in 2014.
Check out the lengthy "Industry proposition" for an in-depth introduction from Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth, and head over to ubuntu.com for more details.