Don’t expect Ubuntu phones from major carriers until 2015

We don’t yet know who will release an Ubuntu phone.

Canonical has been promising Ubuntu phones in the early part of 2014, and it may still reach that goal. However, the phones likely won’t be sold by what the company calls major carriers or handset manufacturers.

In a reddit AMA (ask me anything) this week, Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon wrote, “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.”

That likely means Verizon won’t be among the first to sell an Ubuntu phone, despite the company joining Ubuntu’s program for potential launch partners last July.

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via Ars Technica


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