Ubuntu Phones to Hit Shelves This Fall

Posted by: Maxine Brimmer (2 years, 8 months ago)

Are you tired of the constant bickering between Android and Google? Or maybe you’re part of the small minority that favors Windows for their smartphone operating system? Whatever your current choice, other alternatives are beginning to creep onto the playing field too; starting this fall Linux fans will get the chance to use an Ubuntu-based smartphone.

At the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth announced that two Ubuntu-powered phones would make their market debuts in the third quarter of 2014. Rather than opting for larger smartphone manufacturers like HTC and Motorola, Ubuntu has opted for two relatively-unknown brands called Meizu and BQ. While the names may be unfamiliar to many consumers, they will serve as a spring board for the newly-released mobile operating system.

The mobile market is a difficult one to break into, particularly with so many developers and startups contributing apps and software mainly for Apple and Samsung devices. With their Meizu-based phone, Ubuntu will likely be targeting the Chinese market, whilst the BQ model will mostly likely be marketed more heavily in Europe.

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