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Is an Ubuntu Phone in Verizon's Future?

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Verizon Wireless has joined the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group.

Canonical reports that Verizon Wireless has joined the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG), a good sign that the Big Red may one day carry an Ubuntu-based phone. However there's no real commitment for now: Verizon is simply taking part of the Ubuntu development discussions within the new advisory forum.

The CAG was unveiled just last month, and includes founding members Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere, Korea Telecom, Telecom Italia, LG UPlus, Portugal Telecom, and SK Telecom. Only CAG members will have access to early information about Ubuntu and device manufacturer plans to support the OS, Canonical stated, as well as the opportunity to be a launch partner for Ubuntu on smartphones.

The company noted on Thursday that Verizon Wireless is the largest mobile network operator in the U.S. Thus, being able to work closely with the company gives Canonical an opportunity to shape Ubuntu into the most compelling new, alternative platform for mobile.

"Verizon Wireless is joining Ubuntu’s Carrier Advisory Group to participate in technology discussions around this new platform, which has the ability to bring new and exciting features to developers and ultimately, customers," said Samir Vaidya from the Device Technology team at Verizon Wireless.

"Verizon Wireless joining the CAG does not mean that they are committed to selling Ubuntu phones," Canonical told Ars Technica. "The CAG is a forum for mobile operators to influence the development of Ubuntu for smartphones and Verizon Wireless will be part of the discussions that happen in that forum."

Invitations are extended to any national or multinational carrier who wishes to join the CAG, Canonical said. The group will close to new members at the end of July. Phones with Ubuntu pre-installed are expected to arrive during Q1 2014.

For more information about the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group, head here. The CAG will hold regular meetings to map out key areas of the Ubuntu mobile platform and discuss its developments. Topics for discussion will include differentiation for OEMs and operators, developer ecosystems and application portability from Android and Blackberry, marketplaces for apps, content and services and more.

“The CAG is an important partnership between Canonical and the mobile industry,” said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical. "We aim to deliver a platform that delights everyone who touches it and meets industry requirements of quality, security, manageability and differentiation."

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    Spooderman , July 13, 2013 3:31 PM
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    "Is an Ubuntu Phone in Verizon's Future?" Do they even read what they post? This must be "an" mistake.

    I think it's correct.......
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    moto nack , July 13, 2013 3:43 PM
    It is not correct, that would be like saying "an phone" when it should be "a phone"
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    walter87 , July 13, 2013 4:20 PM
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    It is not correct, that would be like saying "an phone" when it should be "a phone"


    You use "an" before a word if the next word starts with a vowel...
    So it is correct to say "an Ubuntu phone"
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    howee , July 13, 2013 4:21 PM
    No sir, I also believe that it is correct
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    waynewarrior78 , July 13, 2013 4:22 PM
    Um...I hate to break it to you, but "AN" is used before a word that starts with a vowel...

    A bug turns to An Ant or A Phone turns into An Ubuntu Phone
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    waynewarrior78 , July 13, 2013 4:25 PM
    Um...I hate to break it to you, but "AN" is used before a word that starts with a vowel...

    A bug turns to An Ant or A Phone turns into An Ubuntu Phone
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    onover , July 13, 2013 5:37 PM
    Well, do you say 'we will be there in a hour' or 'we will be there in an hour'?

    While 'an' is used before a vowel, it is another of the English language's rules that are broken from time to time. I believe that it is 'an' when used before a word with a vowel-type sound at the start.
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    JOSHSKORN , July 13, 2013 5:58 PM
    These comments bring me back to third grade.
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    sylvez , July 13, 2013 6:37 PM
    How you read Ubuntu (You-boon-too or Woo-boon-too) determines whether an 'AN' or a 'A' is used.
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    pyro226 , July 13, 2013 7:01 PM
    I use Ubuntu on my desktop and overall, I love it. However, it has its annoyances (such as apps frequently crashing on system startup). I wouldn't want to be one of the early testers of these phones. That being said, Ubuntu will do better if optimized on a per-phone basis and linux does have mature ARM software. It'll be interesting how it turns out.
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    mrface , July 13, 2013 7:24 PM
    What just happened here?

    [/also, when saying the letter "m"; would you describe it as A "m" or AN "m". such as: a m&m or an m&m?]
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    samwelaye , July 13, 2013 7:45 PM
    Quote:
    Well, do you say 'we will be there in a hour' or 'we will be there in an hour'?

    While 'an' is used before a vowel, it is another of the English language's rules that are broken from time to time. I believe that it is 'an' when used before a word with a vowel-type sound at the start.


    English puts "an" before words starting with a vowel, and (seemingly randomly) words that start with H. Technically, "an history of time" would be a correct way of writing that statement, but over time people have simply started using AN when a word sounds like it starts with a vowel (hour has a silent h).

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    Bloob , July 14, 2013 1:24 AM
    Intel + Ubuntu, and I might be interested. But I don't live in the US so what Verizon does or does not do, doesn't really matter to me.
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    teh_chem , July 14, 2013 6:47 AM
    LOL, the first 10 posts are fighting over grammar...

    I welcome another player to the mobile device OS market; except if Ubuntu for phones/mobile devices mirrors Ubuntu for desktop, I wouldn't be very excited. Great developer support with little-to-no vendor support might be the make-or-break factor.
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    Old_Fogie_Late_Bloomer , July 14, 2013 8:11 AM
    Some people pronounce "Ubuntu" as "You-bun-too" (or thereabouts), and if they were correct, then it would be "a Ubuntu phone", just like you would say "a yellow phone", not "an yellow phone".

    However, my exhaustive research (a whole two minutes worth) leads me to conclude that "Oo-boon-too" is the correct pronunciation (note, this is how I've always pronounced it, so I may be biased). In that case, "an Ubuntu phone" is correct.
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    mlopinto2k1 , July 14, 2013 8:27 AM
    Quote:
    Some people pronounce "Ubuntu" as "You-bun-too" (or thereabouts), and if they were correct, then it would be "a Ubuntu phone", just like you would say "a yellow phone", not "an yellow phone".

    However, my exhaustive research (a whole two minutes worth) leads me to conclude that "Oo-boon-too" is the correct pronunciation (note, this is how I've always pronounced it, so I may be biased). In that case, "an Ubuntu phone" is correct.

    It's right in the FAQ on the website for proper pronunciation. The title was correctly written.
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    mlopinto2k1 , July 14, 2013 8:28 AM
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    What just happened here?

    [/also, when saying the letter "m"; would you describe it as A "m" or AN "m". such as: a m&m or an m&m?]


    Uhhh... it's M AND M.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ampersand

    Edit: My bad. I thought you were lost for a second. I guess it's me who is lost. LOL
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    tntom , July 14, 2013 5:12 PM
    Well I love Android but I am really excited with what I have seen Canonical do. They are far ahead of Tinzen at this point. If I had an extra Phone laying around I would give it a try. I hope to see a stable flashable Ubuntu ROM for my GS3 soon that I can try.
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    dasper , July 15, 2013 10:47 AM
    A part of me really hates to deviate the comments even further to English grammar but not only is using "an" correct in this case but in Old English everything was "an" and abbreviating it to "a" was slang that became common vernacular.

    Back to the phone, I think this is going to be awesome and wish I could format my Nexus but it is with Sprint and they do not support their frequencies just yet.
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