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Ubuntu Touch release next year?

by Rob Zwetsloot

Ubuntu Touch phones may be out next year as Canonical confirms it’s found a hardware partner

It’s been almost a year since we saw Mark Shuttleworth pull a phone out of his pocket and show us Ubuntu on mobile, the phone and tablet OS made by Canonical. Since then, Canonical have been quiet about the supposed hardware partners they’ve been talking to, and the only glimpse at hardware we’ve had is from the Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.

Touch Android Nexus
The Ubuntu Edge will unfortunately not see the light of day

Hopefully this will soon change though, as Mark Shuttleworth was recently found at LeWeb 2013 talking to CNET, specifically mentioning that an agreement had been made to produce phones. “We have concluded our first set of agreements to ship Ubuntu on mobile phones,” Shuttleworth told CNET. “We’ve shifted gears from ‘making a concept’ to ‘it’s going to ship.’”

This is a huge step for Canonical and Ubuntu Touch. Supposedly it will be a high-end phone, and should be a good way to see what the OS can really do.

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    • heldeman

      Well done Mark. I cant wait for the
      phone next year. Now think some one design a new dock station
      which will take a SSD and a fast Graphic card, power supply and fan.
      A super computer in your pocket!! When this happen Ubuntu one will
      make a very large dent in the desktop, laptop, tablet, phone and
      Ubuntu TV with their one for all systems. Window are only starting
      to think in that direction, and what about Apple?

    • Matt Buckey

      I hope it is true. I supported the initial Kickstarter campaign and was disappointed the concept never became reality. Having said that I hope they have made significant progress with the OS as it was too broken for mainstream use when I last tried it.