I must say, I'm excited. A few days ago, watching the progress of Plasma Mobile With the Plasma Phone project, I commented on my social networks that Ubuntu had to get on with it, but I never thought that Plasma Phone was already a reality and in such a short period of time.
What is Plasma Phone?
The short answer: KDE on your phone. In other words, Plasma Workspace, KWIN / Wayland and Telepathy technology to manage phone calls.
How to install Plasma Phone apps
All this running on Kubuntu, where according to what they tell us on their website, we can install applications regardless of whether it is GTK or QT, with a simple:
apt-get install paquete
The applications that we can install are:
- Plasma Applications.
- Ubuntu Touch (.click)
- Gnome apps (ex: GnomeChess)
- X11 (ex: xmame)
- and possibly others based on Qt like Sailfish OS or Nemo.
Obviously, there is still a lot of development ahead for Plasma phone be able to be a stable variant compared to the mobile Operating Systems that are already on the market, but it can be tested, yes, for now only in a LG Nexus 5.
Since I have one, I may decide to try it a little later, when I have added more functionalitiesHowever, if you are one of the brave with a Nexus 5 who wants to try it, you just have to continue these instructions.
My take on Plasma Phone
This gets interesting. When we thought that Android, iOS, Windows Phone, and other more incipient OS such as Sailfish, FirefoxOS or Ubuntu Phone were all the alternatives we had, this little gem appears. For iOS and Android there is apparently no concern, but FirefoxOS and Ubuntu Phone are having a difficult time.
FirefoxOS is not quite taking off. It was a very good idea that had a rather mediocre launch, especially due to the lack of Applications and integration with social networks. An operating system that struggles to survive, but unfortunately has less and less attention, at least in the media. In the Plasma Mobile forum a user asked:
Right now I use Firefox OS because it is the best mobile OS I have experienced so far in my life. What does Plasma Mobile offer me that Firefox OS doesn't?
Now I use Firefox OS as it is the best mobile operating system I have ever experienced in my life. What does Plasma Mobile offer me that Firefox OS doesn't?
The answer was blunt:
Qt / C ++ and QML native apps.
Qt / C ++ and native applications in QML.
And I must say, it's a very good answer. HTML5 promises, it may be the future, but my time using Firefox OS showed me that it is not as fast as it promised to be.
Ubuntu Phone so what to say? I've tried it, I've seen it work and it suffers from the same as FirefoxOS ... mediocre applications and usability that leaves much to be desired. Still, I think it has a future if Canonical people do things well.
Now comes Plasma Phone with an interesting proposal, without reinventing anything, using a technology that is proven and that works. In addition, it allows you to install any type of application practically regardless of whether it is Qt or GTK, and seeing the recent news of the project that KDE is developing to run Android applications natively, I already see the sense of everything.
I have not read anything yet about the integration that Ubuntu Phone intends and that is already visible in OSX and iOS, but using the same Plasma technology I do not think it is very rare to see progress in that regard soon.
There is still a lot ahead, Plasma Phone is not perfect, it even needs its visual touch-ups, but I leave the video for you to get an idea of how things are going.
What do you think?