Such is the way of life: new tech projects emerge while others die. This is what’s happening in the industry today. We have news of Sprint trying to buy T-Mobile, while Google and Intel are teaming up for an interesting announcement. As these new opportunities unfold, things are not going great for Ubuntu fans.
Ubuntu for Android was seriously one of the most awesome mobile projects we had seen since the birth of the smartphone. It promised a platform in which a smartphone could dual-boot a full desktop OS when docked to a monitor. It was a genius idea, but it lacked partners and it the industry simply wasn’t ready for it.
We are sad to inform that Ubuntu for Android is “no longer in development”, as a hidden bug report is now stating. The company has halted the project without word on whether they will launch it again or not. Chances are it’s dead, as Canonical now has Ubuntu Touch to focus on.
Opinion: I fell in love with this concept when it was first unveiled. I literally started dreaming about what Microsoft and Apple could do with their own platforms, creating this whole mobile/desktop OS wars in my head. It’s sad to see the project going away, and I still believe it is the future.
Both Sprint and T-Mobile have been flirting with each other like high school lovers at a dance. One says it would be awesome to get together, the other agrees, then they keep hinting at it the rest of the night. At the end, both want the Sprint acquisition of T-Mobile to happen.
New rumors state that Sprint is finally making stronger moves towards a brighter future with T-Mobile under its wing. The US carrier has been meeting with banks to arrange debts and leave open room for the bid. Sprint could be ready to make this offer come June or July.
Oh, and the acquired company could still be controlled by John Legere, according to one of the internal sources. Which would probably be the best idea.
Opinion: Don’t forget AT&T already tried a T-Mobile acquisition. It was rejected because it would harm competition too much. It seems this union has more chances, though, as these are the smallest of the 4 major carriers in the country. It might even improve competition!
All desktop computers and operating systems are suffering while Chromebooks continue to be on the rise. This train doesn’t seem to be stopping, either. Google and Intel have just announced they will be holding an announcement on May 6th.
Said event would revolve around Chrome OS in some way, though we don’t know the details. It could be anything from new laptops to a stronger partnership between the Search Giant and the chip manufacturer.
Opinion: Intel and Google have already been working together for a while, so I can only assume we will be seeing new devices. Who knows, though. It’s a very interesting press invite.