New Ubuntu Phone And Software May Eclipse The Need For Personal Computers


The unveiling of an Ubuntu phone at the 2013 Consumer Electronics Show and the unveiling of a new Ubuntu operating system that turns smartphones into full-fledged computers further cements the role of smartphones as the central hub for computing, communications, and entertainment that is increasingly eclipsing the need for personal computers.


Canonical, the company behind the Linux-based operating system Ubuntu software, which is an alternative computer operating system to Microsoft's Windows and Apple's OS, developed the software for Android phones that will turn smartphones into computers when connected to a keyboard and monitor.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and VP Products at Canonical said: “We are defining a new era of convergence in technology, with one unified operating system that underpins cloud computing, data centers, PCs and consumer electronics.”  
Although other companies, such as Motorola, with it's Atrix smartphone, have tried to turn smartphones into computers with laptop docks, this is the first time a single operating system has been offered that can run smartphones, computers, and connected TVs.
The smart phone has become a hub for communications, music and entertainment, GPS navigation, and communications with your friends and family. The average smart phone can replace the calculator, calendar, newspaper, clock, compass, camera, camcorder, radio, flashlight, music player, music recorder, voice recorder, video recorder, note pad, media player, TV, GPS device, watch, alarm clock, FM radio, short wave radio, etc. 
Many of today's smartphones have computing power that rival some of today's personal computers and certainly surpass the computing power of most computers from a few year ago. Canonical's Ubuntu software may mark the smartphone's total eclipse of the personal computer and herald the day when the smart phone is the only devise we will need.