Ubuntu Mobile

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Ubuntu Mobile
Ubuntu Mobile desktop interface
DeveloperCanonical Ltd.
OS familyLinux (based on Ubuntu)
Working stateDiscontinued.
Succeeded by Ubuntu Touch
Source modelOpen source
Latest release8.04.1 / 30 July 2008 (2008-07-30)
Available inEnglish
PlatformsIntel Mobile Internet Device (Expected)
LicenseMainly GPL / Various others
Official websitewww.ubuntu.com

Ubuntu Mobile Internet Device Edition is a discontinued Ubuntu distribution planned to run on the Intel Mobile Internet Device platform, x86 mobile computers based on the Intel Atom processor. It was planned to use the GNOME framework Hildon as the basis for its GUI.

Equipment producers would have been able to customize their distributions, including options such as Flash, Java, or custom interfaces.[1]

Ubuntu Mobile has stopped development in 2009 and the successor Ubuntu for phones was announced on January 2, 2013.[2][3]


According to Canonical, Ubuntu Mobile would provide an "uncompromised Web 2.0 experience". It was to include features such as Web browsing, email, media, camera, VoIP, instant messaging, GPS, blogging, digital TV, games, contacts, and calendars, with regular software updates.[1] It was designed to be fully operable using a simple touchscreen interface.

Release history[edit]

In June 2008, Ubuntu Mobile 8.04 was released.[4][5] Ubuntu Mobile ended active development in 2009 after 9.10 Alpha 6.[6]

Mark Shuttleworth announced on 31 October 2011 that by Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will support smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other smart screens (such as car head units and smartwatches).[7] This resulted in the successor Ubuntu Touch project which was announced on January 2, 2013.[2][3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Ubuntu Mobile Edition Archived 2008-02-28 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ a b Ubuntu Phone OS Unveiled by Canonical | OMG! Ubuntu!
  3. ^ a b Canonical unveils Ubuntu phone OS that doubles as a “full PC” | Ars Tehnica
  4. ^ Canonical Blog » Blog Archive » Ubuntu MID Edition 8.04 achieves its first public release
  5. ^ [Phoronix] Ubuntu Mobile 8.04
  6. ^ Ubuntu Mobile Team Wiki
  7. ^ Mark Shuttleworth (31 October 2011). "Blog Archive » Ubuntu on phones, tablets, TV's and smart screens everywhere". Retrieved 8 April 2013.

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