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Ubuntu Smartphones Expected Later this Year

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Ubuntu OS based smartphones could finally arrive later this year after Canonical announced that it has signed deals with handset manufacturers, Bq in Spain and Meizu in China.

Canonical said that it is working with these partners to ship the first Ubuntu devices sometime later this year, although sales will be initially limited to online retail only.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, said: "The mobile industry has long been looking for a viable alternative to those that reign today. Ubuntu puts the control back into the hands of our partners and presents an exciting platform for consumers, delivering an experience which departs from the tired app icon grid of Android and iOS and provides a fluid, content-rich experience for all."

To date, Ubuntu's Carrier Advisory Group has 16 members. Whether any of them will offer the smartphones to their customers however remains an unknown issue.

Canonical recently missed a USD32 million crowd-funded attempt to raise money to develop the smartphone, although it did secure pledges of USD10 million from supporters.

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