Ubuntu Smartphones Launching in October

Ubuntu's open-source mobile operating system has been confirmed for a launch on smartphones during October 2013.

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and CEO of Canonical, the company behind the OS, said the first Ubuntu OS smartphones will be available in October, while app developers will receive access to the platform later this month.

The smartphones that will run Ubuntu's OS have yet to be revealed, but app developers can work on the platform via Samsung's Galaxy Nexus. Shuttleworth said the upcoming mobile operating system will be available in two large geographic markets in October, but he failed to specify which ones. He did, however, state that North America is "absolutely a key market for Ubuntu."

The platform itself has apparently received interest from carriers, but Shuttleworth declined to reveal carrier or handset partners for Ubuntu.

Ubuntu for smartphones will utilize native apps, consequently allowing developers to create a single app for both the desktop and the PC, which will allow users to easily switch between devices. For more on the platform, head on over to our hands-on CES 2013 impressions.

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  • I would definitely be interested if it has a good app selection, low power usage, and speedy boot.
    Android has to be rooted and becomes fragmented very quickly..
  • Wait. Could this run STEAM for linux?! Left For Dead 2 on the go!!!!
  • Sweet