Here’s some bummer news of the day: Canonical announced that it won’t ship smartphones powered by Ubuntu until next year at the very earliest. That’s in contrast to earlier reports that we would see the first devices this year. Ubuntu might not have the power behind it to compete with iOS or Android, that still remains to be seen and will largely depend on manufacturing and carrier partners but the idea is still amazing.
Here’s the gist which we’ve already covered in-depth in the past: Ubuntu smartphones will allow you to plug your device into a monitor and use a keyboard and mouse. At that point, you’ll be presented with a full desktop experience. It’s not totally unlike what Motorola tried with its Webtop accessories for the ATRIX-handsets a few years back, but it looks more promising and more powerful.
Thankfully you won’t have to wait too long to get an idea of what you can expect. The company announced on Tuesday that it will launch a developer preview of Ubuntu for tablets on Feb. 21. Hopefully we can have a more in-depth experience with the whole platform during Mobile World Congress next week.