Ubuntu Linux Phone Now Available in China

VIDEO: Mark Shuttleworth announces the availability of Ubuntu Phone in China at the OpenStack Vancouver event.

VANCOUVER, British Columbia—Ubuntu Linux is now available on phones in China, with a new high-end device from Meizu. Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, the lead commercial sponsor of Ubuntu Linux, discussed and briefly demonstrated the new phone for eWEEK during an event at the OpenStack Summit here.

The first commercially available Ubuntu Phone debuted in Europe back in February of this year from phone vendor BQ. The new phone in China is built by Meizu and is described by Shuttleworth as being a high-end phone with a faster processor and a larger screen.

Shuttleworth said that he was delighted and surprised that the Meizu Ubuntu Phone is now available in China. He noted that the announcement was pushed up by several months due to demand and developer interest.

"So we are now live in Europe and China," Shuttleworth said. "We're super excited."

Watch the video with Mark Shuttleworth below:

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at eWEEK and InternetNews.com. Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner

Sean Michael Kerner is an Internet consultant, strategist, and contributor to several leading IT business web sites.