1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Ubuntu Has Two Phone Partners, Launching In 2014

Ubuntu

Published on 19 February 2014 11:50 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
20 Comments

Mark Shuttleworth has just revealed there's two manufacturing partners for Ubuntu Mobile and they will have devices shipping in 2014.

Last week I mentioned an announcement was coming next Wednesday (today) and now it's happened. Mark Shuttleworth is having a call with the "press" this morning to talk about Ubuntu's mobile strategy.

The two partners are BQ in Europe and Meizu in China. BQ will be doing high-end European devices and Meizu will help them penetrate the Chinese market. The time is "well within 2014" and will ramp up with more manufacturers in 2015. This comes as a surprise seeing consumer devices in 2014 since we weren't anticipating much until 2015.

Pricing, device specs, and more information to come in due time. Back in January we heard of Ubuntu Phone running on a Meizu phone.

More details coming as the phone call is still going on with Mark Shuttleworth.

UPDATES:

- Mark is pleased with Ubuntu's app ecosystem thus far. Pleased with apps like The Weather Channel, Twitter, and Facebook.

- Mark says their key focus is on growing their app ecosystem... He wants the top 50 apps from Android and iOS available natively on Ubuntu Touch by the time these new phones ship.

- Mark doesn't feel shipping Ubuntu on tablets will be much of a challenge since they already have relationships with many OEM partners. He feels tablets are just an extension of the PC market.

- Ubuntu on phones and tablets will be found at Mobile World Congress this month.

- The operating system name for Ubuntu on phones/tablets will just be "Ubuntu" rather than Ubuntu Touch or Ubuntu Mobile. Right now 95% of the code is shared between Ubuntu for mobile and on the desktop while by the time there's multiple Ubuntu phones they should reach 100% parity for shared code.

- For those wondering about this BQ European manufacturer... "bq is a Spanish company dedicated to the multimedia devices and 3D printers sale." Their site is BQReaders.com (Update: The company is BQ Readers and not BQ Mobile of India).

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Trying The Configurable 45 Watt TDP With AMD's A10-7800 / A6-7400K
  2. Sumo's Omni Gets Reloaded
  3. AMD A10-7800 & A6-7400K APUs Run Great On Linux
  4. Radeon Gallium3D Is Running Increasingly Well Against AMD's Catalyst Driver
Latest Linux Articles
  1. Intel Sandy Bridge Gets A Surprise Boost From Linux 3.17
  2. Open-Source Radeon Graphics Have Some Improvements On Linux 3.17
  3. CPUFreq Scaling Tests With AMD's Kaveri On Linux 3.16
  4. Enabling HyperZ Is Still An Easy Way For Faster RadeonSI Performance
Latest Linux News
  1. NVIDIA Releases CUDA 6.5 As A Huge Update
  2. GNOME 3.14 Beta Makes GLSL Optional, Supports Wayland Gesture/Touch Events
  3. KDE Software Compilation 4.14 Released
  4. The Many Things You Can Build With A Raspberry Pi
  5. AMD's Catalyst Linux Driver Preparing For A World Without An X Server?
  6. Khronos Publishes Its Slides About OpenGL-Next
  7. Proposed: A Tainted Performance State For The Linux Kernel
  8. Systemd 216 Piles On More Features, Aims For New User-Space VT
  9. LXQt 0.8 Is Being Released Soon
  10. Linux 3.17 Lands Memfd, A KDBUS Prerequisite
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Remote gui not accessible in Phoronix Test Suite 5.2
  2. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  3. Dead Island for Linux (?)
  4. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  5. AMD Offers Mantle For OpenGL-Next, Pushes Mantle To Workstations
  6. Next-Gen OpenGL To Be Announced Next Month
  7. OpenGL 4.5 Released With New Features
  8. Updated graphics drivers for Ubuntu 12.04 Precise LTS