Android supports a wide variety of smartphone apps, taking advantage of a host of features that the operating system and hardware can provide. This includes simple things like email clients that can be used in online and offline mode, or camera apps. Ubuntu supports typical GNU/Linux software, software that is typically used in conjunction with desktop/laptop computers. Android includes a full-featured smartphone keyboard with many optional keyboards that can also be installed, while Ubuntu provides only a simple keyboard with no autocorrect or “slide-style” input supported.
What is Android?
Android is a mobile operating system (OS) currently developed by Google, based on the Linux kernel and designed primarily for touchscreen mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. Android’s UI relies heavily on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions like swiping, tapping, and pinching to manipulate objects on screen, along with a virtual keyboard for text input. .
What is Ubuntu Touch?
Ubuntu Touch (also known as Ubuntu Phone) is a mobile version of the Ubuntu operating system developed by Canonical UK Ltd and the Ubuntu community. Ubuntu touch has a unique, “gesture-based” user interface, by using one finger to “pull” different edges of the screen, different parts of the interface appear.
- Ubuntu and Android offer very different user interfaces. The Android interface is very familiar to many smartphone users and has several similarities with IOS. Rather, Ubuntu Touch’s interface is very different from most interfaces that are familiar on smartphones, desktops, or other devices. Ubuntu Touch is described as “gesture-based”: using a finger to “pull” different edges of the screen brings up different parts of the interface.
- Android is open source Ubuntu is not open source.
- Android has the advantage of years of development compared to Ubuntu.
- Ubuntu touch has a unique user interface compared to Android.
- The Android interface can be easily customized using various free downloadable apps as compared to Ubuntu.
- Android has a variety of apps that don’t require the use of a web browser or an active internet connection; Ubuntu Touch users may be forced to use a web app for similar functionality.
- Android includes a full-featured smartphone keyboard with many optional keyboards that can also be installed, while Ubuntu provides only a simple keyboard with no autocorrect or “slide-style” input supported.
- Ubuntu for phones can run almost all Linux desktop/laptop apps on smartphones (including the ability to connect the smartphone to keyboard, mouse, and monitor for this purpose) compared to Android.