Posts tagged with: Canonical
  • by | March 12, 2014 3:11 PM

    Later this year, some of the first smartphones sold with the express purposed of running Ubuntu will hit the market. Canonical confirmed as much early in January, and last month shared news of the first two companies that will deliver such hardware, Meizu in China and bq in Spain. That gave us a starting point, but there was still much more we didn't know about these phones than what we did. It may still be some time before we start getting specific details about the hardware that will go into each, but our idea of what to expect continues to become clearer and clearer, with some recent ...

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  • by | February 19, 2014 3:04 PM

    Last year's failed campaign to crowdfund a Canonical-made Ubuntu smartphone left a vacuum of sorts in the company's plans to present Ubuntu for phones as a viable mobile platform. Sure, we've seen the release of installation packages for certain Nexus-series devices, but if this project was ever to get off the ground, it needed some phones of its own. Late last year, Canonical confirmed that one OEM had signed-on to produce Ubuntu handsets, and last month we heard that it would be joined by a number more – the only problem was, we didn't know just which companies we were talking about. ...

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  • by | January 13, 2014 3:17 PM

    We've been cautiously optimistic about Canonical's chances for really seeing Ubuntu Touch take off this year, especially with the promise of relationships with OEMs bringing us the first commercial hardware intentionally designed for use with Ubuntu. But thus far, if you've wanted to experiment with the platform, that's meant flashing a Ubuntu ROM to one of several Nexus devices. Unfortunately, your options going forward are going to be a lot more limited, as Canonical announces that support for the majority of Nexus models is being dropped. Last year we were showing you one of those early ...

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  • by | January 10, 2014 3:55 PM

    If 2013 was the year we saw the arrival of Ubuntu software for smartphones, 2014 will be the year we get some proper Ubuntu hardware. After first getting confirmation that at least one high-end Ubuntu phone was in the works, we recently heard from the company that it's talking to a number of additional OEMs, potentially setting the stage for the release of multiple Ubuntu-running handsets in the months to come. But just who would be creating this hardware? So far, Canonical's been quite good about not revealing its manufacturing partners. Nothing may be certain just yet, but today we get ...

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  • by | January 8, 2014 1:10 PM

    Last year saw plenty of progress for Canonical and Ubuntu Touch, including the release of early test ROMs, the Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding project, and the eventual release of the first official system images. Still, that was tempered by its fair share of disappointments; while the Edge was incredibly ambitious, it ultimately failed to achieve its goals, and the software we ultimately got still had a very “unfinished” feel to it. Maybe most telling about the progress Canonical had (or hadn't) made, we still don't have any commercial Ubuntu-running smartphones. We've already heard ...

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  • by | December 23, 2013 2:51 PM

    For about the past year now, we've been following Canonical's work towards delivering Ubuntu Touch for smartphones and tablets. While we're still not quite to the point where anyone's ready to release a commercial Ubuntu-running phone, progress has been ongoing, and we saw official Ubuntu Touch images released with this fall's distribution of Ubunutu 13.10. So far, the platform has felt more like something for developers or early adopters – at least until all the kinks get worked out. That's meant a lot of ROM flashing for users interested in checking out Ubuntu every now and then while ...

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  • by | December 19, 2013 10:42 AM

    We're less than two short weeks away from the end of 2013 and it's hard to deny that this year has been a pretty great one for smartphones. Sure, some players struggled more than others, but the industry's in a stronger, more mature, and just more interesting place than it was a year ago. For all the progress that's come our way, though, I wonder if we're not missing out on even bigger and better things. Because as much as the landscape has grown, we're still dealing with a small group of players, and an even more select group of the really big boys, the devices from which simply dominate ...

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  • by | December 10, 2013 4:13 PM

    This past summer, Canonical tried something pretty darn ambitious when it attempted to crowdsource the funding for the Ubuntu Edge, a smartphone that besides dual-booting into Android, would natively run the new Ubuntu Touch OS. Ultimately, the project didn't reach its goal, so the Edge is never going to happen. Even without any hardware, the OS has lived on, and a couple months back we saw the first formal release of the platform for installation on existing Android devices. But what about the dream of a native Ubuntu Touch phone? It's still in the works, and today we get confirmation ...

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  • by | October 17, 2013 12:33 PM

    Back in September, we heard from Canonical that the countdown had started towards the release of Ubuntu 13.10 "Saucy Salamander," with the target date set as October 17. Sure, this is a full-featured release that brings numerous improvements to desktop Ubuntu users, but our concern is on what this means for the mobile side: after months and months of development, Ubuntu Touch is finally read for inclusion in the greater Ubuntu project, and 13.10 brings with it images for installation of phones and tablets. The good news is that it's here. As for bad news – well, compatibility is still an ...

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  • by | September 19, 2013 2:37 PM

    We only just got finished hearing about new details concerning Jolla's launch of the first smartphone running Sailfish OS, and now we have some other big news from another one of these platform upstarts, getting confirmation for when to expect the first main Ubuntu Touch 1.0 release. Now sure, there's been that developer preview that's been available since MWC back in February, but Canonical's been hard at work since then, and is finally ready to take its OS off the drawing board and start making things official. The release date for these 1.0 system images is now set for October 17. ...

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  • by | August 8, 2013 11:30 AM

    Last month, we heard about Canonical's fantastically ambitious plan to crowdsource the funding of a seriously high-end smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge. The Edge would boast specs like 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash, while being capable of dual-booting into either Ubuntu for phones or regular old Android. The plan's goal is to raise $32 million over the course of a month, but halfway through, Canonical has yet to even hit the $10 million mark. Today, Canonical instituted a major price break on the Edge, but will it be enough to turn around the declining momentum that the campaign's been seeing? ...

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  • by | July 24, 2013 10:44 AM

    On Monday, Canonical did something special: it kicked-off the fundraising campaign for the Ubuntu Edge, not only endeavoring to break some crowdfunding records, but to change the nature of the relationship between manufacturer and smartphone user in the process. It's all wildly ambitious. I have serious concerns about Canonical's ability to pull this off, and we're talking about a serious amount of money to ask people to hand over with plans for availability still so far away. At first, I was content to just sit back and see how this story unfolds, covering the news like with any launch, ...

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  • by | July 22, 2013 12:46 PM

    Ubuntu has positioned itself to be one of this year's many smartphone platform upstarts – the littler guys who are trying to elbow their way into an already incredibly competitive market. We were able to give Ubuntu a lot of hands-on time earlier this year when those preview builds arrived for Nexus-series devices, but news on the platform has been relatively quiet ever since. Today, we finally hit a big Ubuntu milestone, with Canonical starting a major fundraiser campaign for the Ubuntu Edge handset. The Indiegogo campaign seeks to raise an astounding $32 million for development of the ...

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  • by | January 2, 2013 2:40 PM

    Just when you thought the world had enough operating systems to not let newer ones succeed, mainly in cases like Windows Phone, along comes Canonical to announce their new Ubuntu for smartphones. Now just as in the case of Ubuntu, this is no ordinary operating system. It's based on the same Linux platform that Android was built upon, and yes, it's also just as open sourced. This means a lot. Just like you can run Ubuntu on many, if not all Windows certified machines, our biggest guess is that you'll be able to do the same with this mobile version of Ubuntu. A clear example of this is ...

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