Canonical, the parent company in charge of Ubuntu Linux, recently announced that it has plans to deliver Ubuntu-powered smartphones during 2013. We’ve heard that the OS was headed to mobile devices for quite some time, but now the company is officially detailing what we can expect.
“We are confident that Ubuntu will ship on phones from large manufacturers in 2013,” Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said recently. “We think these things can converge both on the front end and under the hood. One of the core visions is complete convergence of the platform from phone to supercomputer.”
Ubuntu will will provide a complete desktop computing experience when a phone or tablet is connected to a display and a mouse, but will also provide a limited mobile operating system on the go. Is there room for another mobile operating system? I’m not so sure. iOS and Android are currently winning the game, and Windows Phone 8 and BlackBerry 10 will continue to fight for additional market share. But if Canonical does indeed have major partners on board, we think it has a fighting chance. The good news? Shuttleworth said operators and phone makers are “hungry for another partner.”
Ubuntu for Android already allows users to get a taste of what the interface will look like, Wired notes, but Ubuntu itself will compete with Android in the smartphone landscape and will run its own set of applications.