Ubuntu Linux Phones Coming in 2014
Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth announces new hardware partnerships and explains how Ubuntu Linux will make money as an Android alternative.The Ubuntu Phone is set to make its debut in 2014. In a phone press conference this morning, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, formally announced the company's plans to launch phone hardware this year. Shuttleworth first announced his intention to bring the Ubuntu Linux operating system to phones in January 2013, though no formal hardware deployments occurred last year. That will change in 2014, thanks to hardware partnerships with Chinese smartphone manufacturer Meizu and Spanish hardware vendor bq. "At the moment, our key focus is to grow our app ecosystem," Shuttleworth said. "Our goal is to have the top 50 apps from Android and iOS on Ubuntu Phone, and I'm confident that we will have a credible showing on that front." While the formal announcement today is about the Ubuntu Phone, a tablet based on the Ubunu Linux operating system is also coming soon, Shuttleworth said, adding that the tablet market is an extension of the PC market for Canonical, which is already well-known in that space.
Canonical will show off both phones and tablets based on Ubuntu Linux at the Mobile World Congress event, which runs from Feb. 24 to 27 in Barcelona, Spain.