Meizu seems to be making a new Ubuntu phone codenamed Midori

Anyone up for a new Ubuntu phone? Yes, believe it or not, those still exist – even though they represent more of a cause rather than ambition to compete with the well-seated Android and iOS. Chinese smartphone maker Meizu has been partnering up with Canonical, the company behind the free Linux-based operating system, releasing Ubuntu-powered versions of its high-profile devices like the Meizu MX4 and Meizu PRO 5. By the looks of it, the two are planning to give it another shot.

OMG! Ubuntu! reports that a recent entry in Ubuntu's bug-tracking page mentions a device code-named 'Midori', one we haven't heard of previously. Interestingly, all Ubuntu-powered devices by Meizu have had their codenames taken from the well-known anime series Dragon Ball, and Midori is no exception – Arale (the Meizu MX4) and Turbo (the Meizu PRO 5) are how the character's children in the series are named. That's a pretty clear clue about Meizu's involvenment in the new device.

OMG! Ubuntu! also cited a chat line by a Canonical software engineer who referenced "a new handset," without being any more specific. Since that's all the information we have now and getting into speculations is pointless at this stage, we will see what's up with Meizu and the Ubuntu engine company down the road.


source: OMGUbuntu via NeoWin



1. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

I hope will be made with Intel inside.

2. Nopers unregistered

It won't

3. gigicoaste

Posts: 456; Member since: Feb 21, 2016

sad, so I will not buy it..

4. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Won't be of much use anyways considering that officially Intel already bailed out of mobile SoCs = even if Meizu did plan to use whatever Intel SoC available now (what do you propose? Asus Zenfone 2's Z3580???), not even Ubuntu's good dev army can salvage further future updates for it. That and Ubuntu has bigger problems than just about x86-64 apps' interoperability ya know... well the above kinda underscored that already.

5. Suo.Eno

Posts: 556; Member since: Feb 17, 2013

Slap 5000mAh batt to a decent enough high midrange SoC that is not MediaTek then maybe we'll get somewhere. Ubuntu phone still is an intriguing project.

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