Canonical's Ubuntu smartphone OS, which we saw earlier this year at CES, could become available in "two geographically large markets" this October. According to the Wall Street Journal, the OS will be pushed out to developers later this month, giving them enough time to create a competitive experience.

It's unclear which two markets WSJ means, but we'd imagine one to be the U.S. The gesture-heavy OS is an interesting prospect, and Canonical has said that it should be no problem for Android manufacturers to make the transition to the platform. 

Even if they'd want to, however, is there room for another mobile OS, especially now that BlackBerry 10 is in the mix? We sure liked what we saw, and there is huge potential. We'll see if Ubuntu OS can become a viable consumer option as the year goes on.