Canonical Has Officially Announced The First Two Ubuntu Touch Manufacturers: BQ And Meizu

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical has announced the first two Ubuntu Touch manufacturers: Meizu and BQ. While BQ will sell phones in Europe, Meizu will enable Canonical to get on the Chinese phone and OS market.

Despite the fact the rumors that Meizu will release Ubuntu Touch phones were unmounted by Jono Bacon and other Ubuntu developers, it looks like those rumors were true, actually.

Canonical Has Officially Announced The First Two Ubuntu Touch Manufacturers: BQ And Meizu

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.

Despite the fact that the first stable version of Ubuntu Touch was based on Ubuntu 13.10, the development has switched to Ubuntu 14.04 and the latest Ubuntu Touch images are quite stable.

While there aren’t a lot of applications for Ubuntu Touch yet available, Canonical’s Mark Shuttleworth hopes that by the time the first Ubuntu Touch powered phones hit the market, the top 50 Android/iOS apps will be available for Ubuntu Touch.

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).

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