Canonical: Help us build the apps for our Ubuntu smartphone

Canonical: Help us build the apps for our Ubuntu smartphone

Summary: Canonical is looking to the community to help build apps for its new Ubuntu smartphone OS.


Canonical is looking to its community of developers to help make the core apps for its upcoming Ubuntu smartphone platform.

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Canonical is looking for developers to develop apps for its Ubuntu mobile OS.

The organisation posted a notification on the Ubuntu Wiki on Tuesday calling for help for the Core Apps project.

"As part of the phone platform we are inviting our community to participate in building the core set of apps that will ship with the phone. This provides a fantastic opportunity to create software that could run on millions of handsets," Canonical said on its website.

Suggestions for apps that the organisation wants help with include basics such as a calendar, clock, weather, and calculator app, but also include more ambitious suggestions such as a file manager, RSS reader, document viewer, and social-networking integration such as YouTube and Facebook.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, announced the organisation's plans to use the same Linux core for its smartphone platform as its desktop and potential future tablets at the beginning of January.

While Shuttleworth envisages the OS appealing to handset makers at both ends of the market--emerging markets and "superphones"--the first handset to hit the market using the platform is not expected before 2014.

Topics: Open Source, Linux, Mobility, Smartphones, Ubuntu

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  • Canonical: Help us build the apps for our Ubuntu smartphone

    In other words they want more of that free labor so they can do as little as possible and just copy the ideas. Typical behavior of linux.
    • Like a moth attracted to light

      Typical behavior of Loverock.

    • I suppose

      that other app platforms actually pay their developers to... develop?

      Well, RIM does.
      Michael Alan Goff
    • Typical behavior of linux

      So Linux has artificial intelligence now? I knew Linux was advanced but I never knew it was that advanced.
    • You are just terrible

      I know you're trolling, but I'm going to go ahead and call you one of the worst people there ever was anyway. You earned it kiddo. Go microwave yourself please.
      Mike trainhouse
  • Cannot WAIT for this to hit the market!...

    I'm so excited to see what Canonical will have on this phone! I've ben watching this story for quite some time, and am all fired up to get my hands on one of these to see if it can really "deliver" on features, and performance. Nothing against Android or its developers....after al they're under the Linux "umbrella", but I prefer options when it comes to hardware / software/ devices....something that's been lacking for quite some time in the mobile arena!...So let the games begin!
    • Same here

      I'm definitely putting this on my GNexus
      Michael Alan Goff