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Canonical admits first Ubuntu Touch phones won't arrive until 2015

No Ubuntu Edge coming, either
Wed Jan 15 2014, 12:37
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A MAN WHO WORKS at Canonical has admitted that the first Ubuntu Touch smartphone is unlikely to appear until next year, despite the firm having promised otherwise in December.

In an interview last month, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that with Ubuntu Touch having found its first hardware partner, the first device would ship in 2014.

However, in a Reddit Q&A, brilliantly named Canonical community manager Jono Bacon admitted that we likely won't be seeing the first Ubuntu Touch devices this year after all.

Bacon said, "This is a long road though with many components, and I would be surprised if we see anything like this before 2015. When the major OEMs/Carriers ship, this is when many of the ISVs will be on-board too."

Bacon clearly tried to not give too much away about upcoming Ubuntu Touch devices during the Reddit question and answer session, but when he did it wasn't very good news. Bacon revealed that there will be no "fancy integration" between Ubuntu phones and other Ubuntu devices.

"Currently we are not scoping any fancy integration between Ubuntu devices. The primary integration will be getting content and syncing it [with] Ubuntu One, which syncs across devices.

Bacon also admitted that despite being a fan of the product himself, Ubuntu Edge, which failed to raise its target on Kickstarter, will not be put into production.

He said, "We don't have any plans to put the Ubuntu Edge into production. I am supportive of this: I think it would tie Canonical up in knots delivering a very specific device rather than focusing our efforts on making Ubuntu work well for other OEMs who can ship it.

"The Ubuntu Edge was really helpful though. It directly triggered a set of discussions from various OEMs and Carriers who were blown away by the support in the community and press for the device. But damn, I would love an Edge. Beyond the brick that I have in my office that we used to show the hardware design."

You can watch Jono Bacon demoing Ubuntu Touch OS in the video below. µ


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