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 Software Engineer at Comcast Labs where he is currently working on Virtual and Augmented Reality as well as investigating Blockchains and the decentralized internet.

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