Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 2nd Jan 2013 19:05 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Expected, but still insanely cool: Canonical has just announced Ubuntu for phones. This is a new mobile phone operating system, with its own user interface and development platform. It's built around Qt5 and QML, and the interface reminds me of MeeGo on the N9. It's supposed to be on the shelves in early 2014, but the developer preview is out today.
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Its nonsensical to suggest that minor product line alterations would be detrimental to a business.

OEMs do it all the time anyway due to carrier demands. Nokia produces a tweaked Lumia for almost every carrier in the US, produces specific Lumia devices for China, etc.

It wouldn't be outlandish to suggest (and in fact it already happens!) that Samsung might just slightly tweak and modify hardware to better fit the target OS.

And I strongly disagree with the "black slab" argument. My Surface is more than a black slab, so is my 920.

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