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Ubuntu for smartphones hits RTM (release to manufacturing) stage

The first smartphones to run Ubuntu software could ship later this year, and they’re expected to sell for between $200 and $400. Development of the open source operating system for smartphones and tablets has been taking place in public view, and there are tools that let anyone try a pre-release build of Ubuntu on existing phones, tablets, […]

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Meizu, bq to launch Ubuntu smartphones in 2014

The first Ubuntu smartphones are coming in 2014, and they’ll be manufactured by European designer bq and Chinese phone maker Meizu. Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth says additional details will be available at Mobile World Congress, although he implied that Meizu’s phone will basically be a version of the Meizu MX3 running Ubuntu instead of […]

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Streamlining Ubuntu Touch: Official support for Nexus 4, Nexus 7 only

The developers of Ubuntu Touch for smartphones and tablets are streamlining their platform and will officially support just two devices in the coming months: The Google Nexus 4 smartphone and Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. Members of the developer community will still be able to port the touchscreen-friendly version of Ubuntu to run on other […]

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Canonical launches Ubuntu and Android dual boot preview

The makers of Ubuntu Linux launched a preview version of the operating system for smartphones and tablets in February, 2013. Users have been installing and testing the software on Android devices with unlocked bootloaders ever since. But up until recently if you wanted to test Ubuntu, you had to replace the Android software on your […]

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Lilbits (10-18-2013): Ubuntu on phones, PC games on your TV

Ubuntu 13.10 hit the streets this week, and it’s the first release to officially support phones and tablets as well as traditional PCs. The Ubuntu Touch software is still pretty rough around the edges — there aren’t many apps, it’s not the most stable mobile OS, you can’t run desktop apps on an external display […]

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Ubuntu 13.10 launches for desktops, laptops, smartphones, and tablets

The latest version of Ubuntu Linux is now available for download. That’s hardly surprising. Canonical has been cranking out new builds of Ubuntu every six months like clockwork for years. Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander is right on schedule. What’s new is that for the first time Ubuntu isn’t just designed to run on desktop, laptop, […]

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Next-gen Ubuntu apps could feature both mobile, desktop designs

Ubuntu 13.10 is scheduled to launch in mid-October, and it’ll be the first version of Ubuntu to ship with full support for phones and tablets as well as desktops, notebooks, and servers. But Ubuntu Touch is still very much a work in progress, and while it shares some design elements with the desktop version of […]

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Lilbits (9-27-2013): Reading eBooks during takeoff and landing

Tired of turning off all your gadgets while waiting for airplanes to takeoff — even gadgets that have virtually no wireless connectivity? It looks like you might be able to keep your using your Kindle or NOOK during takeoff and landing soon. This cannot be good news for SkyMall. Here’s a roundup of tech news […]

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First stable build of Ubuntu for phones, tablets coming October 17th

Canonical has confirmed that the first phone-friendly version of Ubuntu will be ready to launch when Ubuntu 13.10 goes live on October 17th. The same day the latest version of Ubuntu for desktop and notebook computers is released, the first stable build of Ubuntu Touch will be available for installation on support phones and tablets […]

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Verizon joins Ubuntu advisory group: Ubuntu Phone OS coming to America?

Verizon Wireless is the latest company to join Ubuntu’s Carrier Advisory group, which suggests that the US wireless carrier could be planning to offer phones running Ubuntu Phone OS at some point. Ubuntu maker Canonical introduced the advisory group a few weeks ago as a way for wireless providers to help shape the future of […]

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Ubuntu Touch mobile OS no longer boots into Android first (but it still loads Android anyway)

The developers who have been working to bring the Ubuntu Linux operating system to smartphones and tablets have released the first builds that don’t have to load Android before they can boot into Ubuntu. Up until now, at boot, your phone or tablet would load CyanogenMod, a custom version of Android. But instead of loading […]