Ubuntu Phone hands-on: giving Microsoft’s Continuum a run for its money (Video)

Just a few short years ago, it looked like we were about to enter a golden era of smartphone platform choice: new players were lining up to challenge the old guard, each hoping to do things just differently enough to attract the attention of manufacturers, developers, and users alike. While a noble endeavor, we’ve since seen many of those efforts crash and burn, or at least emerge as hollow shells of their once packed-with-promise former selves. But some of those platforms are still soldiering on, reinventing themselves and continuing to search out that corner of the mobile landscape that they can call home. This year at MWC, we checked in with Canonical to see how Ubuntu’s been evolving in its mobile aspirations.

In the weeks leading up to MWC, we’d largely been talking about Ubuntu in terms of the new Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition tablet, but that’s not the only form factor on which you’ll find this platform, and despite some choppy waters early on, Ubuntu for phones has been making real progress in recent months.

Sure, there still aren’t a ton of handsets you can buy running Ubuntu, but that short list includes some pretty capable models – like those from Meizu.

Just like with that new tablet, Ubuntu phones – when the right hardware’s in place – are just as capable as connecting to external PC accessories for a Continuum-style desktop experience. With all the attention Microsoft’s been getting for the feature with Windows 10 Mobile, Ubuntu might just find itself in a prime position to capitalize on the publicity. Take a look for yourself below to see just how well it all functions:

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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 bits Read more about Stephen Schenck!