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Ubuntu phones not expected until 2014, may be carrier locked

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Ubuntu phones not expected until 2014, may be carrier locked
For a short time there was hope that Ubuntu phones could make it to market before the end of the year, but it looks like that might have just been a pipe dream for Mark Shuttleworth. A new report is saying that Ubuntu phones more than likely won't be released until 2014 at the earliest; and, even worse, carriers may lock down the system.

Mark Shuttleworth clarified the expectations, saying that the final version of Ubuntu phone will be part of the Ubuntu 13.10 (October 2013) update; but, now he says it's unlikely that any devices are officially released before 2014. The option we mentioned earlier where you could dock your phone to a tablet to get the tablet UI will become available after the update to Ubuntu 14.04 (April 2014). Shuttleworth also admitted that while Canonical will try to keep Ubuntu phone consistent, "It's open source, so it's possible for people to do grievous bodily harm to it." 

Luckily, it sounds like carriers and manufacturers may have learned from the mistakes of Android, and are looking to avoid the same issues. Shuttleworth said:
We've had fairly substantial conversations... none of [the carriers or OEMs] have expressed a desire to recreate the fragmentation of the Android operating system... I think my genuine impression is that people realize that fragmentation doesn't really help them.
But, that impression doesn't seem to extend to keeping Ubuntu completely open, because carriers will still likely want to lock down the bootloaders on the devices.

source: The Verge

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posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:34 7

1. ap1989 (Posts: 145; Member since: 12 Oct 2011)


No one cares bout Ubuntu, its all bout android

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 15:03 5

6. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


I think we should care. Ubuntu looks to be very functional and at the very least something we can look forward to. It will be some time before we can do more with it but as of right now I think its cool.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 20:35 1

9. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


Ubuntu is a real true Linux OS. Android is an OS with a Linux core.

Let's not forget that Android does not have true multi-tasking either.

posted on 20 Feb 2013, 11:53

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


no one cared about Android too few years back.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:40 4

2. MobileCaseReview (Posts: 241; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


This is exciting. Loving the tablet UI as well.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 14:54

3. kingstandup (Posts: 30; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)


I'm excited to see what (if any) kind of impact a Ubuntu phone will make on the market. Same goes for the upcoming Ubuntu tablets as well. It's nice to have more options when considering a new phone and/or tablet. Bottom line, the more OS for people to choose from the better in my opinion.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 15:02 1

4. speckledapple (Posts: 879; Member since: 29 Sep 2011)


NO locked bootloaders. Geez just leave the devices alone.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 15:03

5. kozza3 (Posts: 574; Member since: 17 Oct 2012)


hopefully google can make some major changes to help stop future fragmentation from happening as well

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 16:13

7. Troysyx (Posts: 148; Member since: 30 Jul 2012)


I'm so confused as to why Ubuntu is coming to phones. Android is Linux based...Ubuntu is a OS/UI off of Linux....So all they'll be doing is essentially using Android and making a launcher. yes i realize that that is oversimplifying it, but honestly thats pretty much what it is.

posted on 19 Feb 2013, 19:05

8. shuaibhere (Posts: 1659; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Then what do you think about 100s of linux distributions in desktop???
It's linux based not linux itself so it is good to have choices...

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