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    Phoronix: It Looks Like Ubuntu's First Phone Might Be For China

    It looks like the first official Ubuntu Phone may have been outed this weekend just ahead of the Consumer Electronics Show this coming week...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTU2MDY

  • #2
    I was skeptic. I'll still be until it's realized.
    Anyway, congrats to Canonical on their (possible) first phone.

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    • #3
      I've tried Ubuntu Touch 13.10 on a Nexus 4 in October. It was obviously unfinished and buggy, but I liked the overall look and interface, the way you switch between tasks and the few applications that were avaible so far. Overall quite impressive given the short timeframe. I bet Ubuntu Touch 14.04 will be somewhat usable as a daily driver and Ubuntu Touch 14.10 should be ready for mass consumption.

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      • #4
        There is also one thing that "earth grouded American/European" observers/fans wont suspect.

        Ubuntu in China actually sell. Like in "Lets make sale offices for our PC's with Ubuntu there, and with trained staff." And it works not only for Dell that way.



        So however misserable we may be due to lack of mainstream preloaded Linux business in English speaking part of the world. In China its not a problem.


        (And since its China, its hidden from most EU or god forbid USA based observers)

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        • #5
          If it's a set of phones and there's a horizontal keyboard slider variant then I'll import one! I gotta check out Ubuntu Touch in some emulator/VM soon. I may finally find a UMPC replacement for my OQO slider.

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          • #6
            How big a brand is Meizu in china? Are they a big household brand over there? Does this fit Marks "We are now pretty much at the board level on four household brands. They sell a lot of phones all over the world, in emerging and fully emerged markets, to businesses and consumers"

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            • #7
              Meizu is good stuff

              Don't be fooled by Chinese companies that you never heard of before.

              Companies like Meizu (and Xiaomi) are huge in China.
              Meizu makes some really great phones and is the only company who have a phone with 128 GB storage.

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              • #8
                The best and logical choice for Canonical

                China is just the best and more logical choice for Canonical since Ubuntu Kylin became the official OS in this country. Specs are pretty cool, above all for the capacity of the storage and the octa-core processor. I'm looking forward to buy this device. Good job Canonical!

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by tacco View Post
                  China is just the best and more logical choice for Canonical since Ubuntu Kylin became the official OS in this country. Specs are pretty cool, above all for the capacity of the storage and the octa-core processor. I'm looking forward to buy this device. Good job Canonical!
                  Yes. Plus, a lot of people in the US and Europe look down on China. Now, the question is when, not if, they'll become the first economy. So, politics aside (not that they don't matter, but Phoronix is not the place IMHO), this could be a huge deal.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by mendieta View Post
                    Yes. Plus, a lot of people in the US and Europe look down on China. Now, the question is when, not if, they'll become the first economy. So, politics aside (not that they don't matter, but Phoronix is not the place IMHO), this could be a huge deal.

                    That's should happen in 2016 from what i read! They are quite close to be the first economy of the world.
                    Last edited by tacco; 01-05-2014, 05:57 PM.

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                    • #11
                      That's some crazy good specs! I hope it comes out, I'd love to get one off of ebay!

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                      • #12
                        Meizu is planning to start selling phones to western markets this year so you may even be able to buy one of these without having to import one. Companies like ZTE and Huewei have become big in western markets, this year xiamoi, meizu and jaiyu will be trying to break into western markets. Xiamoi is the chinese equivalent of Apple btw, they are huge.

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                        • #13
                          I'll believe it when I see it... call me cynical, but Canonical has a history of grand announcements that never go anywhere.

                          Maybe this time this phone thing will actually happen? Who knows...

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                          • #14
                            They want to make sure they have all the variables correct as in;

                            * 13mp camera with 4K recording. real focus and stabilisation.
                            * 4G, LTE
                            * Hi-Res screen
                            * Look into stylus option

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by dee. View Post
                              I'll believe it when I see it... call me cynical, but Canonical has a history of grand announcements that never go anywhere.

                              Maybe this time this phone thing will actually happen? Who knows...
                              I call You culturally and/or linguistically blind.

                              Go read about Dell opening stores in China ... for Ubuntu.
                              Then go check Ubuntu Kylinx.
                              Next check China populace WITH smartphones already bought.
                              And last but not least go check where INNOVATION in smartphones land first, whos second, and who is last...



                              Not saying that they will outcompete Android (clones) or other China-made OS'es right away. Just that Ubuntu presence in China is strong.
                              Which You discard because You can not check it first hand (language barrier) and because You interpolate based on Your local market and Ubuntu presence therein (cultural barrier)

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