Remember that rumor about Meizu making an Ubuntu smartphone? It’s no longer a rumor, as Canonical Ltd. - the company behind Ubuntu - today confirmed that the Chinese manufacturer would be among the first to launch Ubuntu handsets later this year. Another company that’s officially making Ubuntu smartphones is Spain’s bq, which reportedly is the second biggest seller of unlocked (affordable) smartphones in Spain.
For the beginning, the first Ubuntu handsets will be available globally, online via Ubuntu.com, Meizu and bq. There are no details on what specs they’ll offer, but they should be based on “the latest hardware.” Pricing details have not been revealed.
Ubuntu for smartphones received support from various mobile carriers, including Verizon Wireless, T-Mobile USA, Vodafone, EE, Three Group, Deutsche Telekom, Portugal Telecom, and Telstra. However, it’s not clear when, or if these carriers will directly sell Ubuntu handsets.
Earlier this month, Ubuntu was voted in one of our polls as the emerging mobile OS that’s most likely to succeed in the fierce smartphone market. Let’s wait and see if it will indeed succeed.