February 6, 2013

Everybody Gets to Design Ubuntu Phones—See the Best “Fan-Made” Mockups

How would you like to create a smartphone operating system? If you get involved in Canonical's Ubuntu phone project you can, in a way. As we reported, Canonical is taking community input on what the core applications (e-mail, calendar, clock/alarm, weather, file manager, document viewer, YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter) should look like.

While an early version of the operating system is supposed to be released as open source code in late February, we haven't been able to get hands-on with Ubuntu for phones just yet. Still, it's fun to take a look at the application designs developers have come up with for core Ubuntu phone apps. So we're going to show you a sampling of them in this gallery.

If you see any designs you hate, don't worry. These mockups are suggestions from Ubuntu community members, rather than designs made by Canonical's phone team. This is part of the building process: the best aspects of community proposals will hopefully make it into Ubuntu phones when they finally hit the market sometime toward the end of 2013 or beginning of 2014.

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