Meizu and bq officially launching Ubuntu smartphones this year


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.

source: Ubuntu

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8 Comments

1. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 2010

People need to give this OS a try - install alongside on your Windows PC - also, you can install the UBUNTU touch ROM on your tablet...very nice work

3. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

how is the OS for you so far? I use to run it on my PC and it was smooth and had little to any bugs.

4. hurrycanger

Posts: 1759; Member since: Dec 01, 2013

It's nice to have Ubuntu alongside with Windows. I have it on both my desktop and laptop. The performance cannot compare to Windows, but it's fun to have, Whenever I need to search for stuff that is not very popular and has a risk to get to links with viruses, I use Ubuntu. xD Performance cannot compare to Windows (well, I mean out of the box, it cannot). I don't know if I need to do some tweaks or to install some driver manually to make it work, but graphics on Ubuntu is choppy and slower than on Windows (slow for games, choppy for videos. Not sure if choppy is the right word, but it's just weird). Still, I'm not gonna complain since it's not my main OS, it's generally safer than Windows, and it's free. :D

5. kaikuheadhunterz

Posts: 1157; Member since: Jul 18, 2013

You should try Ubuntu-based Linux distros. They are much faster and have a more traditional look

2. bwhiting

Posts: 188; Member since: Jun 15, 2013

I wouldn't mind buying one of them. Seems like it would be a smoother transition for functioning and the community seems like it would be full of people willing to help with the creation of apps.

6. sip1995

Posts: 1771; Member since: Feb 07, 2014

Okay may Ubuntu is smooth and free, but why everyone wants to crack windows (to get them free). Honestly if I want to throw my money in the garbage, I won't buy an Ubuntu phone...it's so limited. Send from my Window Phone.

7. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Ubuntu is nice. But I think it comes too late to make an impact on the smartphone market, unfortunately.

8. nightfury

Posts: 77; Member since: Dec 04, 2013

Powerful and potentially capable os

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