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Meizu and bq officially launching Ubuntu smartphones this year

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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.

“Ubuntu’s intuitive and visually stunning user interface aligns with our own ethos of producing simple, innovative mobile experiences. This partnership gives us an opportunity to develop a truly different and compelling offering that will support our strategy to deliver devices to both China as well as internationally,” sayd Li Nan, Meizu’s VP Sales and Marketing.

“Ubuntu puts the control back into the hands of our partners and presents an exciting platform for consumers, delivering an experience which departs from the tired app icon grid of Android and iOS and provides a fluid, content-rich experience for all,” declared Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu.

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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posted on 19 Feb 2014, 13:28 1

1. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:03

3. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:44

4. hurrycanger (Posts: 1625; Member since: 01 Dec 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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 18:48

5. kaikuheadhunterz (Posts: 1157; Member since: 18 Jul 2013)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 14:03

2. bwhiting (Posts: 188; Member since: 15 Jun 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.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:51

6. sip1995 (Posts: 1687; Member since: 07 Feb 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.

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 20:52

7. HansGoneInsane (unregistered)

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

posted on 19 Feb 2014, 22:38

8. nightfury (Posts: 71; Member since: 04 Dec 2013)

Powerful and potentially capable os

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