Quick Video Review: Ubuntu Touch for Android

Ubuntu on Android

I installed the first installable image of Ubuntu Touch for Android devices today, and it was a little tricky since the install instructions seem to assume an audience already running Ubuntu. Either way, I wanted to do a quick review of it but figured a video might do a better job explaining what I was talking about than trying to write em out. The video is embedded below:

The performance of the build isn’t very good but thats expected. I feel the UX is relying a little too heavily on gestures, way too many of them and a lot of “half-gestures” (swipe halfway for action-1 and all the way for action-2). Also the home screen feels too much like an app store and less like a launch board. Pixels wise the UI looks nice and has some nice animations at times (like clicking on a thumbnail of a movie to see the larger image). Will definitely be interesting to see how this evolves.

 

Author: Arpit Mathur

Arpit Mathur is a Principal Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on a variety of topics including Conversational Technologies, Affective Computing and Blockchains and decentralized services. Arpit has also worked extensively on Android and iOS applications, Virtual Reality apps as well as with web technologies like JavaScript, HTML and Ruby on Rails. He also spent a couple of years in the User Experience team as a Creative Technologist.

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