Canonical Names Hardware Vendors for Ubuntu OS
Canonical today announced that two smartphone makers have agreed to manufacture and sell devices running the Ubuntu mobile operating system. The two hardware developers include bq, based in Spain, and Meizu, based in China. Both companies committed to bringing devices to the market this year. Further, Canonical said it has support from several large network operators to sell the Ubuntu smartphones in various markets. No U.S. carriers have yet said they'll sell Ubuntu devices. Canonical CEO Mark Shuttleworth said in December that it had forged partnerships with hardware makers, but did not name them at the time. Ubuntu is a Linux-based operating system that Canonical has been working on for years as an alternative to Android and iOS. The most recent release, version 13.10, was distributed last October. Canonical said more details about the first two smartphones will be revealed during the Mobile World Congress trade show, which starts February 24.
Meizu Puts Ubuntu In Its MX4 Smartphone
Canonical today announced the launch of the MX4 Ubuntu Edition, made by its handset partner Meizu. Ubuntu is Canonical's version of Linux.
Aquaris E4.5 the First Official Ubuntu Smartphone to Ship
Canonical today said consumers interested in its Ubuntu smartphone operating system will finally be able to buy a handset with Ubuntu on board. The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be sold across Europe by BQ in a series of flash sales over the coming weeks.
Ubuntu Phones Now Available to US Buyers
Consumers in the US interested in Canonical's Ubuntu-based smartphones can now order them from BQ, Canonical's hardware partner. The Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition are available directly from BQ's web site for $189 and $220, respectively.
HTML5-Based OS Looking to Supplant Android
H5OS is a new mobile operating system that intends to challenge Google's Android. H5OS was developed by Acadine Technologies, a Hong Kong-based startup founded by former Mozilla President Li Gong.
Jolla Announces First Sailfish OS Licensee
Jolla today said Intex Technologies from India will license Sailfish OS and make smartphones with the platform. Earlier this month, Finland-based Jolla broke its company into two entities: one for the Sailfish operating system, and a second for creating hardware.