Major carriers may not offer Ubuntu Touch until 2015

Major carriers may not offer Ubuntu Touch until 2015
Canonical is on a mission to manage expectations right now. We know that Ubuntu Touch phones are expected to start hitting the market in the spring, but Canonical wants to be clear that while there may be some high-powered options on the market, we shouldn't be expecting devices to be released on major carriers right away, and maybe not at all until 2015.

In a reddit ask me anything (AMA) session, Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon explained it as an issue of size and risk. Major carriers and OEMs obviously need to work harder to release a device on a large scale, but smaller carriers and OEMs can afford to test out a new device. Bacon said:


So, Canonical is clearly going with a "walk before you run" approach to the Ubuntu Touch launch. Bacon also admitted that there won't be a lot of apps to start, so the target audience will be users who want "a dependable device but does not require a large catalogue of specific apps". There is a long way to go with releasing a new mobile platform into this market, and Canonical obviously understands that.

source: reddit via Ars Technica

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7 Comments

1. gprime

Posts: 28; Member since: Oct 05, 2013

Ubuntu looks good wish Google would just buy it, then the Google Chrome sign would like a sharigan when u combine the Ubuntu logo to it

7. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

then it really wont be ubuntu the way its meant to be

2. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Carriers probably don't want to offer it yet so they can develop it to their taste and put all their carrier nonsense on it.

3. RandomUsername

Posts: 808; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

mmm... Bacon...

4. andynaija

Posts: 1264; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Haha your username fits you perfectly

5. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I like ubuntu been using it for years with of course MS you still need it...

6. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

I would like to see an unlikely pair like tegra and ubuntu since it seems like either no ones ready for them or no ones wants to give it a chance ubuntu for phones and tablets which both of these 2 are going for your ideas can come to life this way plus add gaming like steam box since debian is the main source easy to drop it in ubuntu plus break the 64gb barrier these phones have with sd cards can't really understand why so much technology into these devices are limited to space on it.

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