So, I’ve just figured out what it is that’s bugging me about Ubuntu for mobile

Ever since they unveiled Ubuntu for mobile phones, there’s been an awful lot of talk about the new platform, and with good reason; it’s always exciting when a major player like that jumps into the market. However, despite that, something about Ubuntu for mobile has been bugging me, and I’ve just figured out what it is. Watch this video, then I shall explain…

Right, where to start? Well, the first thing to note is that it’s not just one thing that bugs me…

First up, consider the way that Ubuntu manages multitasking; you swipe from the right hand side of the screen to switch through the apps you’ve got open, basically, and it cycles through all of the ones you’ve got open. That is pretty cool, but there’s one thing that I can’t figure out. You swipe from the right to cycle between apps, right, but how do you close apps? It’s easy on phones running Android 4.0 or higher (the Samsung Galaxy Note II, for example), ‘cos you just press the app switcher button, and then swipe the app off the screen.

I believe the same is also true of Windows phones like the HTC 8X, but I can’t see any way to close apps on Ubuntu, and that bugs me.

Another thing that bugs me is that you can’t really customise the look of the UI. Sure, it looks to have a list of the apps you use most often, on the homescreen, but there’s no real way to customise the look and feel. In a similar vein, it looks like you’re stuck with that circle-y lock screen thingie, and again, there’s not really any way to change it; you can change what data it shows, but not the layout, as far as I can tell.

And yes, that also bugs me.

Of course, we’ll see if that changes before Ubuntu for mobile goes on general release, but I have to say that at the minute, I’m not a huge fan…

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