Hello Linux Geeksters. Recently, Smart Communications, a mobile carrier from Philippines, has joined Ubuntu’s Carrier Advisory Group (CAG), in order to support Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version and Ubuntu, and sell phones with Ubuntu for phones pre-installed.
The mobile operators joining the Ubuntu CAG are able to add personalized apps and themes, for their particular network.
This is what Orlando B. Vea, the chief wireless advisor at Smart said:
“We’re very keen to work with Ubuntu and the developer community in making this happen as it supports our goal to bring the mobile Internet to every Filipino,”
There are many other important telecom operators in the CAG group, worth mentioning being: Vodafone, Verizon, Smartfen, MTN Group, Deutsche Telekom, LG Uplus, Korea Telecom, Italian Telecom, China Unicom, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom, Everything Everywhere.
For those who don’t know, Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet.
Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015). Also worth mentioning: most likely the first smartphone with Ubuntu Touch pre-installed will be released in 2015 and will not be manufactured by Meizu, despite what was rumored.