Move over Apps, Ubuntu’s first offering is here with Scopes
Post By Sakshi Shukla on 08-March-2015
Forget all the sugar coated terms like material design, titled layout and what not; Ubuntu has attempted to provide something phenomenally different in the true sense with Scopes- the new user interface in the world’s first Ubuntu phone, Aquaris E4.5 by Canonical.
With specifications quite apt with respect to the price tag of €170, Aquaris E4.5 boasts of a Quadcore 1.3GHz Cortex A7 processor, a 4.5 inch screen, 8 megapixel rear and 5 megapixel front camera and dual sim with the highlight being it UI-Scopes. Scopes replace apps and are primarily contextual homescreen dashboards which are lot simpler and faster to develop than the intrinsic apps. They are somewhat a reincarnation of a mobile interface by presenting a faster way to access services like music, internet, and pictures. Moreover, they put the content from different providers together on a single screen. For instance, the photo Scope will feature pictures from your phone library as well as the Picasa and the Flickr Web Albums- all on the same screen - unlike apps.
Ubuntu’s new UI gyrates around some fundamentals- a brand new experience for people, a smarter and dynamic ecosystem for developers with multiple opportunities and freedom to manufacturers and mobile carriers. Canonical has created Scopes considering the flooded smart phone market whilst developers concentrate on making apps for Android and iOS accounting for about 90% of all the devices. Scopes can be developed with a fraction of the cost of conventional app developing, and it’s simpler to make new Scopes with an easy to use and cheaper user interface.
It’s not much of a surprise that this flash scale exclusive device has managed to score some well known partners like Facebook, Twitter, eBay, Amazon and Dropbox. It will be interesting to watch as to how this device fares.