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Canonical names Ubuntu Phone partners

Canonical names Ubuntu Phone partners

Canonical's dream of an Ubuntu-powered smartphone will come true this year, with partners mq and Meizu both planning to launch devices.

Canonical has named its first hardware partners on the Ubuntu Phone project, with the promise that the first handsets will begin shipping before the year is out.

Ubuntu for Phones was formally unveiled early last year as an extension of the company's previous work with Android. In July Canonical began a crowd-funding campaign to build a first-party handset, dubbed the Ubuntu Edge, which fell far short of its lofty $32 million goal - raising question as to whether the entire venture, which never got further than a model constructed of plastic and a bunch of computer-generated images, was little more than a publicity stunt.

In December last year, Canonical claimed it had signed its first partner for what it now called Ubuntu Touch, but refused to name names. Now, the company is backing up its statement with some firm facts: Spain's bq and China's Meizu have become official Ubutnu Touch partners, and will be launching their devices before the end of the year world-wide.

'The mobile industry has long been looking for a viable alternative to those [operating systems] that reign todaym' claimed Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth of the deals. 'Ubuntu puts the control back into the hands of our partners and presents an exciting platform for consumers, delivering an experience which departs from the tired app icon grid of Android and iOS and provides a fluid, content-rich experience for all.'

Neither company has offered any preliminary specifications for their Ubuntu Touch devices, nor confirmed whether they will include the key selling point of Ubuntu Edge: the ability to connect a keyboard, mouse and monitor and turn the smartphone into a fully-fledged ARM-based personal computer.

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Phil Rhodes 20th February 2014, 13:58 Quote
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The mobile industry has long been looking for a viable alternative to those [operating systems] that reign today

It has?

Please, let's not balkanise the situation any further than it already has been. The reason Android is good is not because it's particularly good, but because it's at least reasonably consistent. Same goes for Windows. The point is not the technical capability, it's the standard.

More is not better.
Gareth Halfacree 20th February 2014, 15:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Please, let's not balkanise the situation any further than it already has been. The reason Android is good is not because it's particularly good, but because it's at least reasonably consistent. Same goes for Windows. The point is not the technical capability, it's the standard.
I'm... agreeing with Phil Rhodes. In a Linux thread. Hang on. I... I think I need a sit down.
Phil Rhodes 20th February 2014, 17:40 Quote
But I've made that point about Linux loads of times and you've disagreed with me...
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