Ubuntu smartphone launching October in two large markets

By on February 7, 2013, 11:24 AM

Last month Canonical announced that a mobile version of Ubuntu would be arriving on a couple of smartphones towards the end of this year or early 2014. But now we have something closer to an actual release date courtesy of the Wall Street journal, which quotes Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth saying devices will be available to consumers in "two geographically large markets" this October.

Shuttleworth’s comments were made during a presentation in New York City on Tuesday but he stopped short of mentioning specific markets or confirming carrier and handset partners.

At that January event though, the company did refer to Ubuntu devices shipping later this year. According to the information shared at the time these include an "entry level" model powered by a 1GHz Cortex A9 with 512-1024MB of RAM and 4-8GB of flash storage; as well as a "high-end superphone" handset that will feature a quad-core A9 or Intel Atom APU, 1GB or more RAM and pack 32GB of internal storage.

On the software side Ubuntu for phones will reportedly run the full desktop operating system, meaning developers can create a single app for both the desktop and smartphone, while this also allows a device to become a full PC when docked with a monitor, mouse, and keyboard. Canonical also talked about the possibility of having Windows-based applications streamed to Ubuntu phones from corporate servers.

Developers will be able to get a head start with the platform when a version of Ubuntu that can be run on a Galaxy Nexus is released sometime in late February.




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misor misor said:

Sorry, I can't help myself from wondering:

is it the year of the ubuntu linux desktop OS now?

is it the year of the ubuntu phone OS now?

roxxas2 said:

Sorry, I can't help myself from wondering:

is it the year of the ubuntu linux desktop OS now?

is it the year of the ubuntu phone OS now?

You Wot M8?

Mortalife Mortalife said:

Sorry, I can't help myself from wondering:

is it the year of the ubuntu linux desktop OS now?

is it the year of the ubuntu phone OS now?

I guessed you missed, "On the software side Ubuntu for phones will reportedly run the full desktop operating system."

TorturedChaos, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I wonder what markets these are being released in. Hopefully they come to my area soon! I would love to get one of these. Also wonder if you could root a Android smartphone and put the Ubuntu OS on it... hmmm.

Littleczr Littleczr said:

It's the same old story of compatibility..

Guest said:

Apple have the iPad and Microsoft have office. Right now they are battling each other for supremacy, this could give another company an opening with open office on a mobile or tablet, could Ubuntu take up the challange, sadly when Ubuntu emerges as a threat they are likely to be squeezed out by the big two, however their efforts will benefit the consumer in the long run forcing Apple/MS to offer office on iPads, hopefully sooner rather than later.

ArthurZ ArthurZ said:

I doubt how it can be a full OS or the standard mobile hardware now going to outperform the cheapest laptop?

R3DP3NGUIN R3DP3NGUIN said:

Obviously once you connect the phone to an external monitor, you will get the "Full desktop experience"

ArthurZ ArthurZ said:

I never would as at home I have a full blown desktop

St1ckM4n St1ckM4n said:

I doubt how it can be a full OS or the standard mobile hardware now going to outperform the cheapest laptop?

I think what they mean, is that the kernel is roughly the same. Much like the Android kernel is very similar to Linux.

You can actually run full Ubuntu on Android phones right now.

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