The first phones running Ubuntu software are expected to ship this year, and Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says they’ll probably sell for between $200 and $400 when they hit the streets.
He tells The Inquirer the goal was to aim for mid-range and high-end devices so that they’re powerful enough to act as both mobile phone and desktop PCs (when you connect a keyboard, mouse, and display).
Shuttleworth’s comments aren’t that surprising. We already knew that some of the first phone to ship with the Linux-based operating system would include a version of the Meizu MX3 and a new phone from BQ. Meizu generally delivers high-quality phones and mid-range prices, while BQ is known for offering premium devices.
Canonical isn’t the only company hoping to make a splash in the smartphone space by offering open source alternatives to Android and iOS. But Mozilla has been working with phone makers to load Firefox OS on low-cost, entry-level devices aimed at customers in developing markets while Jolla Mobile’s Sailfish OS currently runs on a single phone offered directly by the company.
Canonical seems to be hoping phones running its software will be able to compete with premium products like Apple’s iPhones or Samsung’s Galaxy line of phones. At launch Ubuntu won’t have nearly as many third-party apps as either iOS or Android. But it could appeal to open source enthusiasts… especially with the promise of eventual support for desktop apps.
via Ars Technica