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Three Ubuntu Linux phones you can buy

Ubuntu has gotten a lot of press about its phones, and the company has been working hard in the background to release them. But users may not realize that they can now purchase three different Ubuntu phones.

Silviu Stahie reports for Softpedia:

If you are looking for an operating system that doesn't resemble what has been done so far, then Ubuntu is what you want. It's an OS that uses swipes from edges for most of the tasks, and it doesn't rely on buttons. The OS is easy to use and pick up, and there are already quite a few apps for it, although not as many as you might expect. In any case, here are the phones, from the cheapest to the most expensive.

The Bq Aquaris e4.5 Ubuntu Edition was the first to make an appearance and it's the cheapest of them all. This is an unlocked dual-sim phone with a 1.3 GHz MediaTek Quad-Core Cortex A7 processor, 1GB RAM, an 8MP back camera with flash and a front-facing 5MP camera. The display is 4.5 inches.

Bq Aquaris e5 Ubuntu Edition has a 5-inch IPS HD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels (380 cd/m2), a MediaTek quad-core Cortex A7 CPU at 1.3 GHz, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. It's also packed with a 13MP BSI sensor on the back and a 5MP camera on the front.

The phone that's launching tomorrow in Europe, on June 25, Meizu MX4 Ubuntu Edition, is the latest one to join the fold. It comes with a MediaTek 6595 CPU with eight cores (customized by Meizu), and it's separated into an A17 2.2GHz processor and an A7 1.7GHz processor.

More at Softpedia

Microsoft Office available for Android users

Microsoft got a lot of attention for its Office preview on Android a while back, and now the company has finally released Microsoft Office for all Android users.

Kwame Opam reports for The Verge:

After launching a version of Office for Android tablets in January, Microsoft's productivity suite is now out of preview and widely available for Android smartphones. As before, the app is nearly identical to its attractive iOS counterpart, letting the user get quick drafts and edits done on their phone.

While full-featured, the app suite still isn't meant handle your entire workload. Rather, it allows for simple edits to documents, tables, and presentations. Word, Excel, and Powerpoint's mobile versions all also feature full Dropbox and OneDrive support for storing files. Android users who spend most of their time using Office as opposed to Google Docs would do well to upgrade now.

More at The Verge

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