Canonical, the developers behind the new Ubuntu Touch alternative mobile operating system, have set a soft goal of making the platform fully usable as a daily driver by the end of this month. This bit of info came courtesy of Rick Spencer, Director of Ubuntu Engineering at Canonical, in his blog post.
Of course, a smartphone for daily use can be pretty subjective. Hence Spencer has listed down what he and his team are aiming for to be available on Ubuntu Touch by the end of the month:
- Make and receive phone calls
- Make and receive text messages
- Browse the Internet on 3G and WiFi
- Switch between 3G and WiFi connectivity
- Add, edit and import contacts
- Proximity sensor dims when the user lifts the phone to answer a call
A major factor behind the quick progress is down to the release of the Developer Preview in February, and then adding support for many Android smartphones and tablets; as Spencer noted in his blog, “progress accelerates when people are using, in addition to building, software”.
However, the platform itself isn’t quite ready for a public release just yet, with the company still on course for a public release in October this year before releasing their own Ubuntu Touch smart devices in Q1 or Q2 next year.
(Source: OMG Ubuntu)