Linux on your smartphone and tablet

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  1. Mitt Green

    Mitt Green Active Member

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    Today I am going to talk about mobile operating systems that use Linux kernel. Some good examples are Maemo, MeeGo (Maemo's derivative), Firefox OS, Ubuntu Touch and Android.

    Maemo and MeeGo

    Maemo appeared in 2005 as OS2005 and the only device running it was Nokia 770 Tablet. However, tablets weren't as popular as nowadays and this one received many complaints about slow CPU, size of the on-board memory (64 MiB), short battery life (four hours only). So, generally it didn't succeed. Several years ago, in 2009, Nokia introduced N900, running Maemo 5, which is highly customizable, fast and functional. Although, there were some problems with hardware, this operating system is very interesting. In 2010 Nokia created N9 with powerful hardware and MeeGo on board. It is fast, simple and easy to use and perfectly looks on N9. Linux project on Nokia seems like has no future after many issues with Microsoft and developing Windows Phones. Even though they introduced Nokia X this year, it is far from what we saw in Maemo and MeeGo. It's a pity.

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    Firefox OS

    Firefox OS introduced in 2012, it is based on Gonk, Gecko, XULRunner and Gaia. I found very interesting devices made by GeeksPhone, in particular Revolution, but it seems a bit buggy and slow, though the hardware is tough enough. The idea is good and it will be a lot of work, GeeksPhone is the official developer of Firefox OS.

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    Ubuntu Touch

    Fast, user-friendly, its functionality is much cooler than in Windows Phone and iOS. Though there are official developers, everyone that uses Android can install it. It is very interesting and probably has a nice future because the Community helps in developing and Canonical support really exists. Introduced in 2013 (as beta) and in 2014 (as alpha with Ubuntu 14.04).

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    Android

    The first version appeared in 2008 and the first smartphone running it was HTC Dream. The latest versions of Android looks very fine, functional and customizable. No problems with developing - Google does it very well.

    Android_4.4.2 on Nexus 5.png

    Each project is very interesting. The first ideas did not succeed because Nokia abandoned Linux project in favour of Windows Phone. After acquiring Android Inc. in 2005, Google has been successfully developing Android, which is now the most popular mobile operating system.
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  2. DevynCJohnson

    DevynCJohnson Well-Known Member Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Nice article. I added it to this reading guide - http://www.linux.org/threads/a-newbies-guide-to-the-linux-system.6120/
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    some supplement:
    webOS,TiZen,SailFish OS,Bada...
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    Embedded devices
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    Meizu MX4 comes with Ubuntu depending on where you buy it from and it's damn high-end. A friend of mine got the Pro version cheaper from a group deal and "ditched" his iphone 5s.

    I'm a bit proud of that fact as I always mock brand prejudice created by old monopolies, showing people better phones actual specs and reviews (this friend was just a "victim" hehe).

    Interestingly, most people don't even know Lenovo took over Motorola and they would never purchase a Lenovo phone in itself, simply avoiding many top line devices.

    Another Android phone on the high-end is Elephone p8000. 5.5" display, 1080p res, 3GB ram, energy efficient 64bit octa-core cpu (mtk6753) with a nice integrated gpu, 16GB storage (expandable), 360º fingerprint id on the back and, perhaps my favorite spec, 4165mAh battery. I got one myself for $157 and it's amazing regardless of my opinion. Everyone asks me where I've found it. People tend to be a little sad when I say China haha, but some quickly change their minds when I mention current price range (~$160). Also, MTK has gone open source, so nobody needs to worry about crazy conspiracies and you can flash your phone with a custom rom if you're paranoid enough.

    Sorry for spamming, I guess it won't harm ;)
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