We have already seen Canonical’s taken on smart phones a few days back at the Consumer Electronics Show 2013. The Ubuntu operating system for smart phones is a very interesting take. The smart phone requires no hardware button, may be with an exception of a hardware camera shutter button, which depends on the smart phone manufacturer. The operating system uses only the display and gestures on the display to move around with different types of screens on the smart phone.
A lot of us have been waiting for the smart phone to enter the market so that we can grab one for ourselves. But according to the plans of the company, the first Ubuntu based smart phone is going to debut in October. That is a good half of a year away from now. But I guess the wait will be worth it. But this time period will hold true only if everything works out as Canonical has planned it. For example, the operating system for Galaxy Nexus was supposed to be released last month for developers to tinker with it. But it has been pushed to sometime this month. If this drifts, the commercial launch of the device will also be delayed.
The Wall Street Journal recently had a chat with the Canonical founder, Mark Shuttleworth, and he has given out the news about the debut. He also said that the first devices will be launched in two markets in the world, but did not tell which the two markets are. However, he did mention that the North America is a key market.
Also, Mark Shuttleworth did not give out any detail regarding the first Ubuntu smart phone. He did not tell the Wall Street Journal about the manufacturer of the smart phone, or which are the companies that Canonical is working with on this project, or anything of that sort. I guess we will just have to wait a bit longer.
Source: Tech Crunch