Ubuntu Phone – The new phone on the block

Life at your fingertips

This is the new slogan of Ubuntu as they introduce their new devices running the now finished and polished mobile device operating system. They are also toting that this is a new way to enjoy content and services on a smartphone without using traditional apps. Like everyone else that last line raised an eyebrow because using a mobile device, more and more we depend on various applications to keep us going daily.

This new operating system is now available for the first time on all new hardware that is now available to the public, the new hardware will actually be coming from two separate manufacturers. There is the lower cost BQ Aquaris E4.5 which is available unlocked and the second higher end device will be manufactured by Meizu.

BQ Aquaris E4.5The Aquaris hardware is nothing too complicated, the specs for this device is very simple:

  • Slots for two micro-SIM cards so you can use your phone on more than one network
  • Dragontrail glass for scratch and impact resistance
  • 8 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual flash
  • Full HD (1080p) camera for super-sharp video recording
  • 8 GB internal memory with MicroSD slot for extra storage (up to 32GB)
  • Dimensions: 137 x 67 x 9 mm
  • Weight: 123g

Ubuntu PhoneUbuntu phones will be using what is defined as Scopes and according to the Ubuntu phone website scopes are,  “Ubuntu’s scopes are like individual home screens for different kinds of content, giving you access to everything from movies and music to local services and social media, without having to go through individual apps.”

Scopes in action

As you go about your day using the scopes this device learn what you do and where you do it, for example if you go to know it knows you’re at work and it can present you with scopes related to your work day. Or if you’re out shopping it can provide scopes for shopping automatically.

Then according to Ubuntu –


Head back home at any time to see your most important interactions on one screen. Personalize the Today scope so what’s important to you, is right at your fingertips.”

An open source phone

Our code is shared openly throughout the development cycle. We are transparent about our plans for future releases, so as a developer, carrier or manufacturer, you can work with us to start building Ubuntu mobile experiences now.


For a first person view of how to navigate the OS head over to this link for a quick video.

Life on the edge –

This is what the navigation menu is being called since everything can be access with swipes from any of the four edge of the screen. Below is an example of what can be had from the edges.

Swipe from
the top

Swipe down from the top for access to notifications
and key phone settings, without breaking
your stride.

Swipe from
the left

Swipe from the left to reveal the Launcher, for quick access to your favourite features and apps.

Swipe from
the right

A full swipe from the right reveals all your running apps. A shorter one switches between the current apps and the last.

Swipe from the bottom

When you need to see the controls, all it takes is a swipe from the bottom edge of the screen

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