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    Canonical announces first partners to ship Ubuntu phones around the globe

    Canonical today announces it has signed agreements with mobile device manufacturers bq (www.bqreaders.com) (Spain) and Meizu (China) to bring Ubuntu smartphones to consumers globally. Canonical is working with these partners to ship the first Ubuntu devices on the latest hardware in 2014. Ubuntu has also received significant support from the world’s biggest carriers, some of which intend to work with OEM partners to bring phones to market this year.

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    Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, adds; “The mobile industry has long been looking for a viable alternative to those that reign today. Ubuntu puts the control back into the hands of our partners and presents an exciting platform for consumers, delivering an experience which departs from the tired app icon grid of Android and iOS and provides a fluid, content-rich experience for all.”
    ^ Surely the control should be in the hands of the consumers, not the networks and hardware partners?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arthur View Post
    Canonical announces first partners to ship Ubuntu phones around the globe

    ^ Surely the control should be in the hands of the consumers, not the networks and hardware partners?
    If you are going to bring a new phone to market and aren't a hardware manufacturer yourself (as Apple is) then you have to sell the platform to telecom companies and handset manufacturers, not consumers. There aren't enough of us techno-geeks pining for an Ubuntu phone to even show up as a blip on their radar. Consumer demand will only come after there are actual phones in the hands of consumers who might then realise how great a Linux phone is. Then again, they might not. It really depends on the quality in the handsets and how well they are embraced by the providers (partners).

    And in the end, as long as Ubuntu phone OS sticks to its OSS roots, then us users so inclined can do whatever we want with an Ubuntu phone and even fork the OS and customise it as much as we wanted.
    Last edited by seawolf; 6th July 2014 at 04:46 AM.

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