Brace yourself. The mobile industry is about to get a whole lot more exciting in 2013. This year we are going to see a lot of new and interesting technology hit the marketplace and it’s going to start with new mobile operating systems. As of right now, there are really only three major smartphone operating systems: iOS, Android, and Windows Phone. But now you can expect a few new names to be thrown into the mix.
The first name in the mix is Tizen, an Intel-backed Linux-based platform. Today, news around Tizen really heated up after Samsung came out saying that they plan to release a Tizen smartphone in 2013, “We plan to release new, competitive Tizen devices within this year and will keep expanding the lineup depending on market conditions.”
Ubuntu is, hands-down, the most popular flavor of Linux out there. But Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu build, wants to do more than just show up on your computer. Canonical showed off a concept phone last year that paired Android with Ubuntu, showing the desktop operating system when the phone was docked and Google’s mobile OS for when the phone was out and about with its owner. It’s now clear that the concept shown last year was foreshadowing a much deeper dive into mobile for Canonical — today, the company pulled back the curtain on its Ubuntu-based mobile operating system.
I have plenty to say about it, but if you’re willing to sit through a 22-minute video (see video above), you can also learn about the Ubuntu Phone OS from Canonical’s CEO, Mark Shuttlesworth.
Watching Netflix on Linux has always been tough. The major constraint to being able to watch Netflix on Linux has been the lack of Microsoft Silverlight, and while Microsoft Silverlight still isn’t available for Linux, watching Netflix just became a whole lot easier for Ubuntu users. An unofficial Netflix app for Ubuntu that was recently released now makes it easy to install Netflix and start watching movies right away.
How does the app work?
The app packages WINE and Netflix into a desktop app, which you can install through a Ubuntu repository with two simple commands. In order to get the app installed, perform the following commands below.