Linux-Based ELSE Shatters The Mold, Redefines The Smartphone - HotHardware
Linux-Based ELSE Shatters The Mold, Redefines The Smartphone

Linux-Based ELSE Shatters The Mold, Redefines The Smartphone

Apple's iPhone is obviously hot, Android is gaining steam and WebOS is easily the slickest operating system to ever come from Palm's labs. What do all of these points have in common? They're all proof that the smartphone is evolving in rapid fashion, far quicker than we've seen in years past. What this also means is that competition is fierce, and smaller players that may have been shunned in the past are now getting the attention they deserve due to the thirst for innovation in the sector.

Just a month ago, we highly doubt you had heard of a company called ELSE. Moving forward, we highly doubt you'll be able to see an iPhone without thinking of how the First ELSE handset may improve upon an already solid platform. The sleek, slick phone that's pictured below was recently unveiled over in the UK, and it's the first mainstream phone to generate buzz that's based on the Access Linux Platform 3.0. ALP has been around in various forms for awhile now, but can you honestly think of a single phone (other than this one, obviously) where ALP is used? Exactly.



The First ELSE utilizes a familiar design in terms of hardware. It's a touch screen-based phone, much like the iPhone and DROID. Users who are desperate for a physical QWERTY keyboard won't find one here, but the spacious 3.5" panel (854x480) provides plenty of room for a virtual keyboard. This phone also seeks to do away with the traditional home screen, and an app store (of sorts) should also be made available in due time.

An SDK is being planned for launch, which is supposedly on track for Q2 2010 as of now. What's wild is that the GPU within could be able to power some amazing applications, including the possibility of running World of Warcraft...on a phone! There will also be up to 32GB of storage onboard, and a GSM module will ensure that T-Mobile and AT&T customers could make use of it, if only at EDGE speeds considering that launch units are likely to only support 3G bands overseas.



Have a peek at the promotional video below. It doesn't tell you much, but man if it doesn't raise the hairs on our neck.


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Neat looking interface.

I didn't care for the uninformative commercial, though. I guess they asked the ad company: "Can you make us something that will scare the hell out of grandparents and tell people nothing about our product?"

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Lol like the comment 3vi1, I had to watch the commercial after reading it. I actually liked the commercial although exactly as you said it tells me nothing about the product. In many ways it even looks like one for a movie or something.

Anyway; enough of my rambling on that and time to rant on something else. As for it using Linux or a Linux product I must say that side of the market is making a definite progression move. I have just gotten Ubuntu 9.10 up, and I must say wow. I am on it now everything is working I am listening to music, in Firefox with all my bookmarks (I love Xmarks, it saves your bookmarks to there server, then exports them to any computer in about 15 seconds over the net, and is free), everything is operational.

I will say one thing as long as I don't have to use M$ office or want to game I have no reason to log into Win 7. This is the most spiffed up complete and stable apparition of this op/sys I have ever seen. I also tried Kubuntu, and a few other apparitions, but came back to Ubuntu original. Everything just works! The sound quality of my music also seems better through the native player, than it is in Fubar or WMP on 7.

I am truly impressed, and a phone with it as well as all the free apps (Like firefox, and in some cases the Iphone, and of course android to a point) are what excites me. Someone who see's the same need for something as me, and or me myself can write a Linux app for it. I can also distro it for nothing. I have used Firefox for years not because of this. Yes several of the other browsers I have used off and on, but I just can't use the web it seems without all my apps, at least not right.

So, I am glad, to see a Linux phone coming up (a true one). I will definitely consider getting one when it gets to the US. Oh and I really liked the base pump near the end, with the lighting flow through on the commercial as well. It looked like something from V or Star trek/wars.

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Glad to hear about your pleasant experience! A lot of people don't even give it a chance.

>> I also tried Kubuntu, and a few other apparitions, but came back to Ubuntu original.

As long as you have the one gigabyte or so of drive space needed for the extra apps, you can actually keep both desktops installed and choose between them on the login screen. If you already have Ubuntu installed, just install the 'kubuntu-desktop' package (this will install KDE and all of the default Qt apps you get with Kubuntu, but leave your Gnome desktop and GTK apps installed too).

At the end it will ask you whether you want to keep GDM or KDM as the default login manager. Keep GDM if you want to maintain the Ubuntu look at boot-up (this is easily reconfigured later if you ever decide to change).

From then on, you can choose which desktop you want from the list on the login screen (or let it default to Gnome). You can also install additional desktop environments: 'xubuntu-desktop' has the XFCE desktop, the 'lxde' package has the ultra-light LXDE desktop (great for really low memory devices like the PS3), etc., and choose them from the list too.

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