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Major carriers may not offer Ubuntu Touch until 2015

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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:

Longer-term we would love to see the major OEM/Carriers shipping Ubuntu handsets. This is a long road though with many components, and I would be surprised if we see anything like this before 2015... In the shorter-term there are smaller OEMs who serve a smaller region who see great opportunity in Ubuntu, and their costs and risk are smaller for them to trial a device. This is where we will likely see the first handsets shipping. My hope is that when one of these smaller OEMs ships [an] Ubuntu handset that it sells well and it sends a strong message to other OEMs too.

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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posted on 16 Jan 2014, 22:48

1. gprime (Posts: 28; Member since: 05 Oct 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

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:10

7. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 16 Jan 2014, 23:57

2. andynaija (Posts: 968; Member since: 08 Sep 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.

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 00:25

3. RandomUsername (Posts: 808; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)

mmm... Bacon...

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 01:08

4. andynaija (Posts: 968; Member since: 08 Sep 2012)

Haha your username fits you perfectly

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 15:44

5. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

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

posted on 17 Jan 2014, 17:08

6. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 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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