Ubuntu OS smartphones to hit markets by October 2013: Report

Following the launch of the BlackBerry 10 OS last month and Mozilla announcing Keon and Peak Mozilla OS phones for developers, Ubuntu OS is the latest to enter the ring. In an interview with The WSJ, founder and CEO of Canonical, Mark Shuttleworth, revealed that smartphones running Ubuntu will be available in two large geographic markets for customers in October this year. App developers in the meantime will have access to the OS optimized for the Galaxy Nexus, to start developing apps, as early as this month.

The mobile-version of Ubuntu which was announced last month is based on a typical Android Board Support Package, which means that smartphone vendors can use the same Android hardware for running Ubuntu, minimizing their investments. The OS as we had reported earlier will implement a swipe-based user interface, similar to the one seen on BlackBerry 10.

Currently there is no word on what handsets will run on Ubuntu or what will be their pricing. One thing that is known is that Ubuntu will have its work cut out to make its mark in a market flooded with others like iOS, Android, Windows and BlackBerry. Considering the fact that newer versions of Android and iOS are right around the corner, it will be interesting to see how Ubuntu fares come October.

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