Android is compatible with a wide variety of smartphone applications, taking advantage of a plethora of features the OS and hardware can provide. This includes simple things like email clients that can be used in online and offline modes, or camera applications. Ubuntu is compatible with typical GNU/Linux software — software usually used in conjunction with desktop/laptop computers. Android includes a full-featured smart phone keyboard with many optional keyboards that can also be installed while Ubuntu provides only a simple keyboard with no autocorrect or “swipe 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 user interface is mainly based on direct manipulation, using touch gestures that loosely correspond to real-world actions, such as swiping, tapping and pinching, to manipulate on-screen objects, 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 Ltdand the Ubuntu community. Ubuntu touch has a unique user interface, “gesture based” using a finger to “pull” from different edges of the screen brings up different parts of the interface.
- Ubuntu and Android offer very different User Interfaces. The Android interface is very familiar to many smartphone users, and has a number of similarities to IOS. By contrast, the Ubuntu Touch 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” from 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 as compared to Ubuntu.
- Ubuntu touch has a unique user interface as compared to android.
- Android’s interface can be easily customized using various freely downloadable apps as compared to Ubuntu.
- Android has a variety of apps that do not require the use of a web browser or an active internet connection; Ubuntu Touch users may be forced to use a web application for similar functionality.
- Android includes a full-featured smart phone keyboard with many optional keyboards that can also be installed while Ubuntu provides only a simple keyboard with no autocorrect or “swipe style” input supported.
- Ubuntu for phones can run nearly every Linux desktop/laptop application on smartphones (including the potential for connecting smartphone to keyboard, mouse and monitor for this purpose) as compared to android.