Feb 7, 2013

Ubuntu smartphones expected in October 2013
Canonical remains tight lipped about the handset partners and carriers participating to bring the first Ubuntu smartphones to the consumers.

UK based Canonical may bring smartphones this year itself, according to a report of the Wall Street Journal.
The daily quoted Mark Shuttleworth, founder and chief executive officer of Canonical, as saying that the Ubuntu smartphones will be made available to consumers in October 2013.

Ubuntu for smartphones was shown last year and still has been under development while several mobile developers and enthusiasts await its arrival. Ubuntu mobile operating system is set to compete with already established mobile platforms - Google Android, Apple iOS, Microsoft Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS platforms.

Shuttleworth stated that the Ubuntu mobile OS will be available in two large geographic markets by October. He stated that even the cellular operators are interested in breaking the smartphone market hegemony of Apple and Google devices.

At this moment, there are no details on the handset partners and mobile carriers who would be bringing the first Ubuntu mobile OS running smartphone. We expect more details to be shared at the upcoming Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona, Spain.

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