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New BQ Ubuntu phone Aquaris E4.5.Let the revolution begins!!!

Posted by: on Mar 9, 2015 | No Comments

Finally first BQ’s new Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition is here after years of research work and development. It is available in Europe only. It’s an operating System (OS), which includes new technologies, but hardware is on average, relatively better than others. Skype and WhatsApp are not available in this phone, although these are popular apps used by everyone. However, Telegram is available, which is a good substitute to WhatsApp. BQ is a Spanish producer of tablets, smartphones, 3d printers and electronic readers.

• Screen 4.5’’, 540×960 resolution
• CPU Quad Core Cortex A7 up to 1.3 GHz MediaTek
• Internal memory up to 8 GB
• Camera 8 Megapixel Autofocus and Dual flash, 5 Megapixel front camera
• Dual micro SIM
• GPS and A-GPS
• Battery Lipo 2150 mAh
• Hardware wise, its features are not special, but it is a good deal at € 169.90.

You can download apps on Aquaris E4.5 from Ubuntu store; however, this mobile also contains some default apps, including camera, gallery, media player, calculator, native browser, messaging and contact apps. Twitter, Facebook, Google+ or Google Maps on this phone are not appealing as in the official apps of Android.

Linux based android has shown some certain level of security mishaps, but Ubuntu based Aquaris E4.5 is more secure.

Searching Capacity
The best thing about the Aquaris E4.5 is its enormous searching capacity. When you are going to search something, then you will get search results from various locations like from Amazon, Wikipedia, Google and many more.

Magic Edges
This phone does not have any hardware button just like an Android or iOS instead four screen edges are made for app switching, indicators, settings, navigation and much more. This interesting feature makes it very useful and interesting to use.

• Left Edge
In Aquaris E4.5 left edge acts like a launcher. Users can launch their desired applications, pin and unpin apps and check that which apps are running on your phone. Tap on any app to fetch it in focus.

• Bottom Edge
In Aquaris E4.5, bottom edge contains different setting options, for example, in contacts part you can just swipe to add some new contact to your list easily.

• Other Gestures
At the top most you will find a drawer with some quick access indicators, such as you can easily adjust the brightness of your phone. If you don’t want to open the full drawer, then you can navigate between different options of battery, time and date, sound, network and notifications and much more by swiping left or right.


Ubuntu Edge From Indiegogo Crowdfunding Project

I think the new BQ Ubuntu phone is a step in the right direction for Linux as a desktop OS but more importantly as a mobile OS. Personally, I’m happy to see the BQ Ubuntu phone. If you remember Canonical (company who created the Ubuntu OS) took to Indiegogo to crowdfund the Ubuntu Edge phone in July 22, 2013 with a target goal of $32 million over a one-month campaign. The Edge fell short of its funding goal, raising only $12,809,906, with 5682 pledges to purchase the standard model of the handset (Wikipedia). The company raised an amazing $12.8 million short of the $32 million goal. With the new BQ Ubuntu phone the “Ubuntu Edge” idea will live on with direct Canonical partnerships with mobile manufacturers. Let’s hope we can get our tech hands on a US version of the BQ Ubuntu phone in the near future!

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