The Ubuntu Touch App Ecosystem Is Growing

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Ubuntu Touch is one of Canonical’s most ambitious projects. The mobile version of Ubuntu aims to compete with Android and iOS on the mobile OS market.

Despite the fact that Ubuntu Touch does not have as many apps as Android has, the Ubuntu Touch app ecosystem is not that small, after all, being supported by: Grooveshark, Spinlet, 8tracks, Euronews, VLC, LastPass, AND and The Weather Chanel, among others.

Music on Ubuntu/Ubuntu Touch:

The users that search for songs via the Unity scopes get results from Grooveshark and Spinlet, two popular music services, on the internet. Also, 8track is planning to create a special client for Ubuntu Touch.

Movies on Ubuntu/Ubuntu Touch:

VLC, which is the most popular open-source media player, with support for hundreds of file formats will get official Ubuntu Touch support, both the VLC and the Canonical developers working at VLC for Ubuntu Touch.

News on Ubuntu/Ubuntu Touch:

EuroNews, the most popular news channel from Europe will create an EuroNews scope, in order to provide the latest news directly via the Unity Dash, for the users of both Ubuntu desktop and Ubuntu mobile.

Navigation on Ubuntu Touch:

Canonical and AND are working together at the AND Location Based Services (LBS) Platform for Ubuntu, in order to provide map viewer apps for Ubuntu. Such an app that uses the AND navigation maps will be demoed at the Mobile World Congress 2014, where Canonical is invited.

Weather on Ubuntu/Ubuntu Touch:

The users can get accurate weather forecasts from The Weather Chanel, via the Unity scopes.

Password Manager on Ubuntu/Ubuntu Touch:

LastPass, one of the most popular passwords manager will get Ubuntu Touch support.

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).

via Ubuntu Insights.

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