Ubuntu developers announced they wanted to port their OS beyond desktop by 2014, and would like to use it on smartphones, tablets and televisions. Following the announcement, the community has made a few mockup. Here are a few samples:
- Unity Mobil Mockup by JMMING:
I quite like this design (Samsung Nexus Series U) similar to Android with the Ubuntu theme.
- My Ubuntu Phone by Musl1m:
muls1m mockup is also based an icon grid, but keeps the Ubuntu icon bar on the left.
- Ubuntu with mobile Unity by ginjaninja405
This mockup is similar to the one above, but the icon bar can be located either to the left or to the right, and the bottom image shows phone related notifications such as missed phone calls, SMS and Facebook messages and notifications.
There are also other interesting Ubuntu smartphones mockup, including a full phone design (casing + UI) based on Ubuntu theme. If you are interested you can check out: Ubuntu phone by HansHeintze, Unity Phone Mockups par Michael Hall and the Ubuntu Mobile Project par Nick Rutledge (casing + UI)
- Ubuntu Unity TV Mockups by Ian Santopietro
As you can see above, there are lots of phone mockups, but not so many for television. Actually I only found one designed by Ian Santopietro. There are 10 images in total, but I’ll just show 3 here.
The first image shows the Ubuntu TV login screen with a soft keypad.
The second mockup shows the playback bar while a video is playing.
He also imagined Netflix integration in Ubuntu TV where you can search Netflix video and view a list of recommended / preferred video with an image and a short description
All those mockups look pretty neat. But the smartphone mockups do not look much different from what you can already find in Android smartphones and iPhones, so it may be difficult for Ubuntu to penetrate this market. On the smart TV side, there is already MythTV and Google TV 2.0 (and others) that will compete with Ubuntu, so that will be challenging as well. Having said that, Ubuntu will probably find a nice market of “fans” for both markets.
Jean-Luc started CNX Software in 2010 as a part-time endeavor, before quitting his job as a software engineering manager, and starting to write daily news, and reviews full time later in 2011.