Ubuntu Touch starts getting real

Latest beta of Canonical's Linux smartphone system shows the outlines of a possible winner.


When Ubuntu Touch debuted to developers this winter, it was more of a mockup than an OS, despite its promise. Now a beta version for developers reveals Ubuntu Touch taking shape in an operational way. Design similarities to Windows Phone and iOS 7 prove the "flat," modern look is in.

Great betas sometimes flop in final versions -- Windows Phone comes to mind -- but I'm optimistic about Ubuntu Touch. It's well thought out, nicely designed, and should appeal to users for whom iPhone and Android devices are overkill, where apps are not that important, but lightweight services are.