What Android Should Learn from Ubuntu for Phones

While Android gave a blow on the table months after the original iPhone revolution and the birth of the smartphones of today day, we are seeing how we have a large park of alternatives such as for example one of the last to arrive in the ecosystem of operating systems for smartphones, Ubuntu for Phones.

This operating system is Linux, as is Android based, but makes a quite different approach to provide user information and applications, as we saw in making contact and analysis and experience after a month of use.

Now well do you have something to contribute about the current solution of Android? Or in other words?What has to learn Ubuntu Android for Phones?

Android and its current developments

Over the years we have seen the evolution of this operating system that practically came in diapers without features that now seem essential, as for example on screen keyboard.

It is true that Google is making significant efforts in the development of the platform and Lollipop It is a great example of this. Has been one of jumps from version with more changes both aesthetic (headed with Material Design) performance thanks to the passage of Dalvík to ART.

However it is not gold that glitters and we still see some gaps, some signs or less questionable design lines: Android touch buttons on screen or focused exclusively on Chromecast, among others streaming support.

It is true that Android has nothing to do with initial versions and which today is an alternative perfectly usable and to not miss anything at fault was the first platform for the new generation of smartphones. However, we must be self-critical and admit that it is not perfect.

Ubuntu for Phones, features to forget

The commitment of Canonical It seems to us a very interesting bet and gives game to this world of practically two large heads, iOS and Android, and a series of small heads that gradually is becoming hollow or simply surviving, Windows Phone or BlackBerry.

It is true that the arrival of Windows 10 could give a big boost to the mobile section with your operating system thanks to interoperability between devices Windows, but that is to talk about future, venture, and not to mention today.

And this is what we have today, Ubuntu for Phones, available for a pair of numbered terminals among which stands out the Spanish terminal bq, Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition.

The use of ‘scopes’ is one of the typical that when they tell him you seem interesting, distinctive and intuitive. Access to a screen in which you have all the music regardless of the source (local, streaming services…), all the videos, another for all the news is something that seems to have an extra utility and that will help us in the day to day providing us with the use of the terminal, but it is something that, in my most humble opinion, has more hype than usability.

The vast majority of users was born using an application for one thing or many things and also offers us such functionality. There are things that are lost with these scopes on the experience and my case has fact that ends up fleeing their use, except for the news that is no more than an RSS reader and you can save.

Ubuntu for Phones It also has applications, but it is green, very green in this field. We not only see that WhatsApp is not available and tell me how to sell a smartphone that I can not use WhatsApp.

However, we return to the same, it is not for a traditional user but rather to geeks, powerusers who want to tinker.

What Android Yes should learn from Ubuntu

However not all are bad things or reguleras in Ubuntu for Phones and things that have seemed very interesting, as for example the great variety of touch gestures that prevent the use of physical buttons or on-screen.

Costs removed from the head go to press the Home button but is something that when you get to this is really comfortable. Touch gestures as dragging from the bottom from the side inward they have utility and it is something that we would like to see in Android.

It is not that functionality is not, make no mistake, is that it is not implemented as intuitively and just requiring several tap on the screen or physical buttons for the same thing can be achieved with a simple gesture that is also comfortable in screens of this size.

Another thing that I personally highlight Ubuntu for Phones is its implementation of the status bar / notifications. It is to turn the concept launched by Android (Yes iOS-eros that bar you have above is copy is inspired by how Android managed it).

Slip from above and we have access to the configuration options, but we don’t have why lower the shade completely, as we go down we can slide left or right and go see the different configuration options and its subsections, very intuitive and fast.

We also want to make it clear that although it is still a very green system, and that to do what they are going to have need to have advanced knowledge, this us would seem a very interesting solution to face not only within the ecosystem and the future of Android Android-Chrome OS which is what Google appears to target, leaving the rest of users outside.

We are talking about the possibility of launching on the screen of our computer applications of the mobile phone that gives rise to a future interoperability between platforms natively as our colleague Javier Pastor showed his experience after one month of use.

This will bring also passes power applications applications between devices, such as calls, WhatsApp, etc. No doubt a future increasingly closer, than iOS users enjoy partly and Windows users will get with Windows 10.

And finally, an interesting use is the Terminal, something to which we can access in Android, but that gives us greater freedoms thanks to direct access as root (no need rooting) and we have various repositories of applications for this platform that accessed via apt-get.

So this is everything, little or much, and as you look at a double vision that gives us Android It is a highly advanced solution and at the same time also has aspects that could improve and make it more differential against the existing alternatives and any that are to come.