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Vodafone Indicates Support for Ubuntu Based Smartphone

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Vodafone Group has indicated support for an Ubuntu based smartphone after it joined the OS's Carrier Advisory Group.

As a member of the CAG, Vodafone Group will join national and multi-national carriers in discussions that influence the development of Ubuntu for smartphones.

The advisory group currently includes 15 companies, from Hutchison 3G, to China Unicom and T-Mobile.

Members of the CAG have the opportunity to be a launch partner and gain the right to ship Ubuntu based smartphones in markets they serve.

"The mobile industry still needs an independent platform that enables innovation and differentiation. That platform is Ubuntu. The Carrier Advisory Group will have the opportunity to influence the Ubuntu roadmap, and take full advantage of the potential of this emerging platform." said David Wood, CAG Chairman

Last December, Canonical founder, Mark Shuttleworth said that the company had signed its first handset supply contract for an Ubuntu based smartphone, although details remain scarce.

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