Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 19th Feb 2014 19:13 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu

Canonical today announces it has signed agreements with mobile device manufacturers bq (Spain) and Meizu (China) to bring Ubuntu smartphones to consumers globally. Canonical is working with these partners to ship the first Ubuntu devices on the latest hardware in 2014. Ubuntu has also received significant support from the world's biggest carriers, some of which intend to work with OEM partners to bring phones to market this year.

Good news for Canonical.

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RE[2]: Hope it works out.
by calden on Fri 21st Feb 2014 10:42 UTC in reply to "RE: Hope it works out. "
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If they can 1.- get phones in the crucial $150 or less sweet spot and 2.- Actually update the things? I can tell you they'll sell like fricking hotcakes here as many folks are sick and tired of having phones never get updates and just plain consumer unfriendly behavior on the part of the carriers and OEMs.

I know its bad enough in my area I'm making a nice chunk of change on the side just slapping ROMs on phones, here Walmart pushes their StraightTalk Android phones heavily and frankly OOTB they are barely even functional, freezes, crashes, the default ROM is a steaming turd.

If Canonical can hit the sweet spot and actually supports the things? I'll be happy to push the living hell out of them as well as pick one up myself, really getting tired of the Android BS go round.

I would never want to own a phone that costs $150, I shutter the thought at what the build quality would be like. $350 is the sweet spot and is more than enough to produce a fantastic phone. I currently use a Nexus 5 phone, hence where the 350 dollar figure came from. In my oppinion and a lot of others it's the perfect combination of speed, screen resolution/size and weight. Ubuntu will not run properly on crappy $150 hardware, period. You need at least 2GB RAM, 3GB would be preferable, quadcore CPU, like the Qualcomm found in the Nexus 5, HDMI (desktop support), SD Card. Remember, Ubuntu's vision of Touch also includes the ability to dock your phone and then use it as a full desktop computer. I have installed the Ubuntu Touch preview on a Samsung S2 and the experience was horrid, your $150 phone wouldn't be anybetter than that, probably worse. So anything less than Nexus 5 hardware and I wouldn't bother.

Using a pure Android OS like what is found in the Nexus 5 has never been anything but fantastic. I have never had stalls, shutdowns or crashes. It seems to me that you should spend a little more money next time and buy a proper phone if you want to use Android. If you use Android, the Nexus 5 is the perfect option, the pure Android experience is the ONLY way to go, these skins that Samsung, LG, etc. are not only horrible but put's a cloud of sluggishness over the entire system. If you can't afford the Nexus 5 than go for Nexus 4. The Samsung SG4 Nexus version is also a good option but very expensive and doesn't give you much over the Nexus 5.

Edited 2014-02-21 10:58 UTC

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