Ubuntu On The Galaxy Nexus: Hands-On (Video)

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There are plenty of entities looking to upset the balance of power between the major smartphone platform players; whether that’s Firefox OS or Tizen, 2013 will see many of them take their first shots in the ring. Ubuntu’s also a member of that club, and we just learned that the first Ubuntu download for Galaxy Nexus hardware will be made available next month. At the CES tonight, we had a run-in with just such a handset, letting us take an early look.

As you can see in this demo, Ubuntu is all about rethinking the smartphone UI. That means fewer on-screen buttons, and an increased reliance on gestures to access off-screen menus. The system attempts to seamlessly combine both native and web-based apps, and offers a tweak on the notification bars we’re already familiar with, adding in some greater access to phone settings.

It’s a lot to take in, and while similar in many ways to the platforms we use today, Ubuntu definitely feels like a distinct entity. Check it out for yourself below:

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Stephen Schenck
Stephen has been writing about electronics since 2008, which only serves to frustrate him that he waited so long to combine his love of gadgets and his degree in writing. In his spare time, he collects console and arcade game hardware, is a motorcycle enthusiast, and enjoys trapping blue crabs. Stephen's first mobile device was a 624 MHz Dell Axim X30, which he's convinced is still a viable platform. Stephen longs for a market where phones are sold independently of service, and bandwidth is cheap and plentiful; he's not holding his breath. In the meantime, he devours smartphone news and tries to sort out the juicy bitsRead more about Stephen Schenck!