Canonical has now announced it plans to ship the first Ubuntu-powered handsets later this year, partnering with BQ and Meizu. Canonical hints that we’ll learn more at MWC.
Canonical has now released a new dual-boot installer that makes it easy to switch back and forth between Ubuntu and Android. Not surprisingly, the feature is aimed at developers and advanced users.
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical, has revealed that the company has signed its first agreement to ship Ubuntu on high-end phones. The mobile version of the Linux-based OS will be offered on smartphones during 2014.
The Indiegogo campaign for the Ubuntu Edge smartphone failed to raise its goal of $32 million. While the project won’t go ahead, the campaign succeeded in raising public awareness of Ubuntu Phone.
Canonical notes these carriers will have “access to early information about Ubuntu and device manufacturer plans to support the OS, as well as the opportunity to be a launch partner for Ubuntu on smartphones.” This still gives Canonical control of Ubuntu, but allows for carriers to relay their feedback directly to the source.
On this week’s Friday Debate the question is – Which new operating system has the best chance of catching on?
Is Ubuntu Phone based on CyanogenMod 10.1? There’s some truth to that, but Ubuntu Phone is not just another skin on top of CM 10.1 / Android.
It look’s like we’ll see Ubuntu phones in early 2014, not late 2013 as previously reported.
Canonical has officially announced plans to support Ubuntu on tablets, with Ubuntu tablets coming to Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 on February 21, the Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview.
Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth confirmed to the WSJ that Ubuntu phone is going to be launched commercially in early October 2013 in “two large geographic markets.”