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Ubuntu, WebOS, Firefox OS Make a Splash in Mobile

Posted in GNU/Linux at 11:13 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

Summary: More success stories relating to GNU and Linux in mobile platforms

Free software in mobile is not just Android and it’s not just Linux. GNU too is part of this revolution, as Ubuntu Edge [1] helped prove. Meizu [2], a hardware platform which is believed to be Ubuntu’s first phone, incorporates a lot of the Free software stack, enabling developers to port desktop applications to phones (just like in Maemo, MeeGo, and Jolla’s Sailfish OS).

Now we discover that WebOS is to be incorporated in TVs from LG [3-4], demonstrating yet another manifestation on Linux in miniature platforms. Additionally, Firefox OS reaches TVs, tablets, and desktops [5-8], demonstrating that not only Android has desktop ambitions that are starting to bear fruit.

Related/contextual items from the news:

  1. Five ways the convergent platform can transform mobile business in 2014

    This technological dreamscape is actually closer than you think. Canonical (the company behind Ubuntu Linux) made a valiant effort with the indiegogo campaign for Ubuntu Edge. With its Ubuntu Touch interface, Canonical will finally make this all a reality. The same interface between tablet, phone, and desktop will also help users easily sync data between their devices.

  2. First Ubuntu Phone Leaked Images Spotted Online

    Information about the first official Ubuntu phone has been spotted on a Chinese website, making Meizu the first hardware partner for Canonical.

    According to the website in question, Meizu will come to CES 2014 with the first Ubuntu phone, probably using its newly announced Meizu MX3 platform.

  3. LG Bets on WebOS for New Smart TV Line

    “The beauty of webOS is that it provides so much freedom and is so simple to use,” said In-kyu Lee, senior vice president and head of the company’s TV division. “Consumers will find navigating, exploring and switching between different forms of content on webOS a truly enjoyable, not frustrating, experience.”

  4. LG reveals massive plans for webOS TV platform

    LG hasn’t yet taken the stage for its CES keynote, but the company’s Korea division has already revealed the webOS TV. Palm’s mobile operating system has been resurrected as a TV interface that focuses on ease of use. And LG is putting its weight behind the effort: webOS will be used on over 70 percent of the company’s 2014 Smart TV lineup. webOS on the TV is very different from what you remember on mobile phones. It’s now based around three new features: simple connection, simple switching, and simple discovery.

  5. Firefox OS advances beyond phones

    Firefox OS widened its horizons today. Panasonic says it’s using it in a smart TV, and Via Technologies pledged to support it on new embedded form factors.

  6. Mozilla partners with Panasonic to bring Firefox OS to the TV, details progress on tablet and desktop versions

    At CES 2014 in Las Vegas today, Mozilla announced its plans for Firefox OS this year. Having launched Firefox OS for smartphones in 2013, the company has now partnered with Panasonic to bring its operating system to TVs, and also detailed the progress that has been made around the tablet and desktop versions.

  7. VIA Partners With Mozilla For Firefox OS

    VIA and Mozilla already have out Firefox OS for the APC Paper and APC Rock. The APC Paper is a $99 VIA ARM Cortex-A9 800MHz with 512MB DDR3 desktop computer that’s built inside a recycled cardboard box. Rock The APC Rock is basically the same VIA ARM Cortex-A9 512MB development board but without the recycled cardboard case and costs $20 USD less. These are VIA’s first two Firefox OS supported ARM devices but other products powered by Mozilla’s operating system are expected.

  8. Mozilla Bringing Firefox OS to TVs, Tablets, Desktops

    Mozilla’s Firefox Web browser once was limited to just desktop and notebook computers running on top of existing operating systems, but that’s no longer the case. In a series of announcements today at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Mozilla announced new Firefox OS efforts to bring the open-source browser operating system to TVs, tablets and even desktop PCs.

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