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PostPosted: Saturday, 07.Feb.2015 00:51    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

It appears to be on its way now:

The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition relies on a card-like user interface that is not focused on apps.

It is initially being targeted at "early adopters", who developers hope will become advocates for the platform.

They will be holding a number of "flash sales" in Europe beginning next week, in which the device will be sold for short periods of time - giving the developers an opportunity to gauge demand and respond to feedback before committing to a bigger production run.

"It's a proven model - we're making sure that the product lands in the right hands," Cristian Parrino, vice-president of mobile at Canonical, told the BBC.

"We are way away from sticking this in a retail shop in the High Street. [But] it's where we want to get to."

Reading this BBC article I do not think this is going to be a practical phone, it will be even more experimental then the Jolla device.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-31148661
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PostPosted: Sunday, 08.Feb.2015 13:54    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

So I guess it's time to check the latest SDK build and see what improvements it got over the past couple of months.
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PostPosted: Monday, 09.Feb.2015 23:55    Post subject: For sale now.... for the brave   Reply with quote   

The flash sales will take place over the coming weeks, with the first happening on Monday via bq.com. The date, time and web address for the first sale announced through @Ubuntu and @bqreaders on Twitter, as well as Ubuntu G+ and Ubuntu. Phones will be available across Europe.

http://www.zdnet.com/article/first-ubuntu-smartphone-aquaris-e4-5-laun ches-into-cluttered-mobile-market/
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Yesterday, I've updated my Nexus 4 to the latest Ubuntu Touch build. Guess what, paid apps are now supported, since the day they started selling the phones, and there's some of them already available in the Ubuntu store, both from Canonical (some paid Scopes) and from 3rd party developers. A totally different approach than Jolla's. And of course all kinds of QML imports are supported - for instance, there are Scopes using Location and Positioning (e.g. showing what's interesting nearby), some Openstreetmap based mapping apps, etc. When I tapped on a paid app in their store, Paypal was shown as a supported payment option. As simple as that, while Jolla (allegedly) for 1,5 years has been "struggling to provide sophisticated payment methods and content protections" and they "encountered unforeseen troubles" some time last year, and apparently until today haven't solved it considering no word of further information.

I guess that all those (few) Qt developers who were still waiting for Jolla can now safely and happily move to developing for Ubuntu Touch. If that was Jolla's goal then they succeeded.

Downloading the latest Ubuntu SDK build as I'm writing this.
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PostPosted: Thursday, 22.Jun.2017 09:41    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

Now that Ubuntu for mobile devices is dead, here is a post mortem analysis of what went wrong:

http://www.lieberbiber.de/2017/06/20/my-ubuntu-for-mobile-devices-post -mortem/

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PostPosted: Wednesday, 28.Jun.2017 03:25    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

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Now that Ubuntu for mobile devices is dead, here is a post mortem analysis of what went wrong:

In the end, it turned out to be totally unattractive, that's all. It didn't offer anything really exceptional and it looked and worked really bland. And yes, it was too unstable and unfinished until the very end.

But I don't agree that lack of compatibility had anything to do with it. If they made it Android compatible, it would have died even sooner, like Tizen did.
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