Yesterday, we got treated to hands-on photos of the Ubuntu-powered Aquaris E4.5. Being the ever-adventurous person, I would love to get my hands on one. However, a question that quickly comes to mind is, How many of the services I use on a daily basis are available for the Aquaris?
A week after Ubuntu phones hit the street, reports say there are 1,000 apps in the store. Just 1,000. That doesn’t looking encouraging. Try as much as Ubuntu tries to downplay the issue of apps on the platform, what happens for example if I am an avid BBM users and there is no BBM for the platform?
The above image is cropped from a screenshot on BQ’s website. It says that WhatsApp and Google+ are not available yet either. Basically, this is a smartphone for people not locked heavily into messaging. At least, for now. But Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Amazon, SoundCloud, Dropbox and Spotify are already available on the platform.
The BQ Aquaris E4.5 is the first phone on the platform. Don’t expect any heavy sales. Even Canonical, the developers of Ubuntu OS, say that it is a sort of proof-of-concept device targeted at early adopters and developers. In other words, this is not for the everyday user. Which is a fair approach.
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with HDML/WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.