Canonical's Ubuntu Touch for phones and tablets is officially dead

Work on Ubuntu Touch started enthusiastically back in 2011 when Canonical's Mark Shuttleworth presented his vision on convergence. Ubuntu's primary goal would have been to support smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other smart screens, including smartwatches and head units.

Unfortunately, Shuttleworth's dream seems so far away now, as Canonical's CEO announced that his company is giving up on Ubuntu Touch to try and focus resources elsewhere.

Unity8, the platform that should have united all smart devices under the Ubuntu banner, is now a thing of the past as Canonical announced it will end development as of right now. Since Unity 8 was an integral part of Ubuntu Touch, it's pretty clear that Canonical has no plans for smartphones and tablets.

Apparently, Canonical had an excellent year and now wants to continue to grow. In order for that to happen, the company had to let go of some projects that consume too many resources on the long run.

Although the Ubuntu Touch project has been shelved for the moment, Canonical's dream of convergence lives on, just that it won't include smartphones and tablets.

source: Canonical



1. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Well, if they are not focusing on Smartphone and Tablet, the hack they still continue with the convergence project? But based on the market reaction, it seems that the consumer market still not into the "combination" form factor, even Microsoft slow down with their continuum development, let see how Samsung play out with their DeX platform then.

2. rocker91

Posts: 90; Member since: Dec 09, 2016

Dex is a joke. Maybe there's some future for convergence with upcoming Microsoft cshell

5. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

At least it is running Android and implement by Samsung, which I believe will attract more casual buyer. By right Microsoft should be the one who success on it, unfortunately delays, bugs and lack of developer support had make continuum a story of the past. I had a Lumia 950 XL, I really enjoy the continuum feature when I don't have my PC around.

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 2010

The open source and Linux based nature of Android destoried projects like these. I was really excited for Maemo OS (later Meego), WebOS, Firefox OS and Canonical's mobile Ubuntu, I still remember watching the into video and being blown away! But ultimately a mobile OS is just one part of the equation, you need OEM's and developers on board and a massive push in terms of advertising to reach the end users. None of these start ups had anywhere near the required resources to achieve such. It was an ingenious move by Google to release Android open sourced and for free. They gained the support of the OEM's, pushed adverts to the people, then when they finally had the market locked it, they slowly modularised Android and crafted a closed layer on top of Android with their google apps. It gave them control over Android and shut the door for rivals for good.

4. Arthurhkt

Posts: 726; Member since: Apr 19, 2012

Google did the right thing on the right time, they release it as a free and open-source during the time Mobile OS start blooming, this is where they get their success push start, if only other OEM (MSFT or BB) do it earlier, they might be still relevant on the market now.

6. gotoAndDie

Posts: 82; Member since: Jun 13, 2015

Google-less Android still exists. All Chinese Android skins are Google-free because Google can't enter China, and custom ROMs can do away with Google as well For something more western, there's Amazon's stuff for the Fire devices as well. What I don't really understand is why nobody seems to be making open-source but heavily-skinned versions of Android that can run Android apps.

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