Canonical has announced that its open-access software, Ubuntu, will soon be available as a mobile phone operating system (OS).
The firmware is so powerful that it will be able to run desktop applications – users can connect their handset to a monitor, keyboard and mouse and use it as a PC.
ARM spokesman Ian Drew said: “Ubuntu will hand users the ability to enjoy a unified experience across the multiple platforms on which they lead their digital lives.”
It will be built around the market-leading Google platform, so consumers may be able to download the code and install it on their Android smartphone.
Voice command on handsets may have been popularised by Apple's Siri, and Ubuntu promises to provide this function in any application.
Users will also be able to take advantage of the company's personal cloud service, so that they can store and share files easily.
Consumers might also sync downloads from the Music Store to their compatible devices, or listen to their favourite tracks with a streaming subscription.
Posted by Peter Robinson