Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical has been working a lot lately at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of the popular Ubuntu.
While the developers have made the Ubuntu Touch quite stable, it does not have too many applications, to compete with Android and iOS yet. But this may change soon. Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.
One of those top 50 apps is WhatsApp, which Canonical should port, if they want their OS to be successfully. For now, there isn’t even a messenger client with support for the XMPP protocol.
For those who don’t know, Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
Despite the fact that the first stable version of Ubuntu Touch was based on Ubuntu 13.10, the development has switched to Ubuntu 14.04 and the latest Ubuntu Touch images are quite stable. Also, worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).