First Ubuntu-powered mobile phones coming this year
A few years ago, PC was the way. But now, 2014, mobile seems to be every way forward for any software outfit. The way forward is what Ubuntu is looking at right now.
Not very long ago, back in July 2014, a new project called Ubuntu Edge was promoted, asking end-users and concerned bodies to contribute to the tune of $32 million for the actualization of Ubuntu phones. The goal was never reached — as only less than half of the targeted money was received.
However, the guys behind the project didn’t give up. With the “little” budget at hand, plans to release the first set of Ubuntu-powered smartphones are being finalized for later this year.
Not to sound far-fetched, the first mobile ROM was released for the Google Nexus 5 on 16th September 2014, and updates have already started seeding for the Ubuntu Touch OS.
However, more of that is to come. Some of Meizu’s MX4 smartphones will start shipping with Ubuntu and that should happen anytime soon. The phones will be called MX4 Ubuntu Edition. Furthermore, the Meizu MX4 Pro (a more powerful variant that will soon arrive) will ship with with Ubuntu, so reports suggest.
It will be recalled that Mozilla have released Firefox OS with China’s ZTE and India’s Spice Mobiles and these smartphones are doing good since they are super affordable. But then, we don’t yet know the opinion of Ubuntu in terms of pricing. Will Ubuntu smartphones be real cheap?
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