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Ubuntu Smartphones to Ship in October, U.S. Launch Not Guaranteed


Fans of Ubuntu can go run to their calendars and pencil in the entire month of October as the time frame for the release of Ubuntu smartphones. According to Mark Shuttleworth, the CEO of a company that provides services for corporate customers using Ubuntu, the devices will be ready for launch sometime in October  with developer units being ready to ship later this month. 

It’s sort of interesting to think that there is now going to be another operating system competing with iOS, Android, Windows, BlackBerry, and Symbian. While Ubuntu will surely find their niche market with no issue, will it be worth it at that point? For the few that do decide to jump onto the platform, it will more than likely be an uphill road for the first while, as developers slowly churn out apps for the platform to boost its usability. Either way, we know that Android fans have always had a certain liking for open source software.

So, you may be asking yourself, “Where and when will they be taking my money?” As said by Mr. Shuttleworth, availability will be limited to “two large geographic markets” in October, but he didn’t promise one of those two was the States. Although, he did mention the U.S. was “absolutely a key market.” If we are such a key market, then stop playing with our emotions and release it here.

To familiarize yourself with Ubuntu for mobile, check out The Verge’s hands-on below.

When it launches, are you making the switch?


Via: WSJ

  • Chris Mullins

    Um, it’s a Galaxy Nexus, who cares if it comes to the US physically? Digitally the code is practically ours already, just waiting to flash it.

  • Aaron

    I am already more impressed with this than I am with WP8 and BB10. And since this is Linux, porting Android apps should make for a decent selection at launch.

  • all i need are those ROM images – keep the hardware – Ubuntu needs to strike now

  • Hate to be negative Nancy, but even if they release images to run on a Galaxy Nexus, it won’t be the VZW version….

    • capecodcarl

      Yeah, we get it. If you want to do cool stuff with your phone, avoid Sprint and Verizon’s locked down CDMA networks. 🙂

    • michael arazan

      It will run on the vzw galaxy nexus, but you probably won’t be able to use 4g and make phone calls with it.

  • John Burke

    Given how open it is, it’s hard to imagine any of the major US carriers selling it … maybe a small carrier, we’ll see.

    I’m still waiting to dust off my GNex to install it!

  • I need this on my nexus 4

  • No comment on this until I try out the OS on my Galaxy Nexus first. Granted it won’t be quite a ‘retail’ polished version (more than likely) it will give me a good feel for which direction this OS is moving towards. Plus let’s not get carried away. We need to see some specs of this phone first.

  • Jake

    You can also add Firefox to the list of smartphone operating systems: http://www.mozilla.org/en-US/firefoxos/

    • Aaron

      They lost me at “We’re collaborating with OEMs and carriers…”. I want less carrier bloat, not more.

  • flosserelli

    Any idea who the handset partner will be?

  • brkshr

    I’d like to try this on my N4

  • John

    The real question is whether an Ubuntu-running Nexus can beat the BYOD (bring your own device) trend

    • This is just for demonstration and development purposes. Besides, I don’t think they can sell other manufacturers’ devices this way too…

  • mustbepbs

    This looks really cool. I’m excited to see how it handles.

    But eff The Verge.

  • Damien Raine

    How about release the factory images for the GNex and Nexus 4 so people can try it out on the hardware they already haves

    • r0lct

      If you watch the video they are coming in next few weeks.