The new Ubuntu based smartphone from Spanish Smartphone maker BQ which was released earlier this month, the BQ Aquarius E5 HD Ubuntu Edition was available for pre-order from 11 June and now is available for immediate buying when BQ began processing the orders on June 22. This phone is projected as the successor the Ubuntu OS based BQ Aquarius E4.5 released earlier by the company. The phone is currently available in the European Union, Norway and Switzerland, will cost EUR 199.99 (Rs. 14,334).
It runs the latest Iteration of the Ubuntu Touch OS, which is innovative in its approach to navigation by using “Scopes” which give access to content without actually using the application significantly reducing the weight on the processor. It has a decent Software store with all the major applications, and is still expanding.
Though the penetration of the Ubuntu Mobile has been quite insignificant in the market, and it has to compete with the likes of Android and iOS for market share, only through significant duress and commitment to innovate and make the software and hardware can it penetrate the market. It also needs to be made available in countries like China and India for better exposure to the alternative Operating systems.