Ubuntu phone to be released in October
Published on February 8th, 2013 | by sylv3rblade0
Contrary to the initial announcement, Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd officially announced that Ubuntu-powered smartphones will start shipping to awaiting customers as early as October of this year.
For developers looking for a sneak peek at the device, Shuttleworth says that dev kits will be available sometime this month (or early March), and will be based on Galaxy Nexus handset and will be manufactured by Samsung Electronics.
It will be interesting how Ubuntu will be able to fit in the mobile market as Android and iOS continue to take the top spot in terms of marketshare and demand. According to the WSJ, Ubuntu-smartphones will be targeting corporate consumers as these can be docked to larger displays, wirelessly connected to keyboards and other peripherals, and have Windows-based applications streamed to them from corporate servers. While it may not be a worthwhile investment for companies already tied to the Windows ecosystem, it’ll likely be a boon for those that built their infrastructure on Linux (and specifically Ubuntu).
Shuttleworth says that the Ubuntu-phone will initially be available in two markets, one being the US and the other yet unnamed (which will likely be the EU).