Hello Linux Geeksters. While Mark Shuttleworth has announced that at least one phone manufacturer will release Ubuntu Touch smartphones in 2014, Jono Bacon, the Ubuntu Community Manager said that the first Ubuntu-powered smartphone may be released in 2015.
“Longer-term we would love to see the major OEM/Carriers shipping Ubuntu handsets. This is a long road though with many components, and I would be surprised if we see anything like this before 2015. When the major OEMs/Carriers ship, this is when many of the ISVs will be on-board too,” said Jono Bacon, Ubuntu community manager.
This is quite understandable, since Ubuntu Touch lacks many important features and apps and still has a bunch of performance regressions that need to be fixed, in order to get stable enough.
As a reminder, the Canonical developers dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 2012, in order to focus on the development of Ubuntu Touch for the Nexus 4 smartphone and the Nexus 7 2013 tablet. They have also announced they will not adopt Nexus 5 any time soon, or at least not until Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr gets released (April 2014).