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Ubuntu phone that offers desktop experience coming this year

by Jacob Kleinman | May 5, 2015May 5, 2015 9:00 am PDT

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The first Ubuntu phone wasn’t exactly the powerhouse many were hoping for, but the company still has something up its sleeve. According to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth a new phone with true “convergence” capabilities is set to launch later this year.

In an online presentation on Monday, Shuttleworth teased the device he plans to unleash in the near future. “I’d like to announce that we are going to ship a device this year with a manufacturer, which will fit in your pocket, which will be a phone and which will give you a desktop experience,” he said.

Shuttleworth didn’t offer any other details, but it’s possible to piece together what the company may have planned. Canonical has already confirmed a partnership with Chinese phone-maker Meizu, which might be on board to build the device. We’re also expecting something along the lines of the high-end Ubuntu Edge, which promised convergence but failed to meet its crowd-funding goals back in 2013.

Shuttleworth may take credit for introducing the concept of a smartphone with full desktop capabilities into the mainstream, but that won’t add up to much if he can’t deliver on those early promises. Now, with the finish line in sight, Canonical is ready to sprint.

“While I enjoy the race I also like to win,” he said. Canonical will face competition from Microsoft, which will soon deploy its Windows 10 operating system that offers a new “Continuum” feature on phones. Continuum adds a desktop-like experience for some apps that run on the phone.

You can watch the full video below, or jump to the nine minute mark for the relevant part.


Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...

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