Canonical to release smartphone-targeted Ubuntu OS in late 2013, early 2014

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Canonical, founded by South Africa’s own Mark Shuttleworth, has announced their intentions in bringing a new operating system, based around the company’s Ubuntu OS, to the smartphone arena. Shuttleworth’s company aims to release the OS for entry-level through to high-end Ubuntu ‘superphones’, creating mobile device that double as desktop PCs when connected to conventional peripherals.

There are two projects on the go for Canonical, both aimed at smartphones, but the announcement yesterday is for an all-Ubuntu OS. A separate initiative, Ubuntu for Android, would allow Android devices to act as an Ubuntu PC when docked.

The Ubuntu smartphone operating system will apparently run on low-end smartphones, requiring only a 1GHz Cortex A9 CPU, 512MB of RAM and 4 to 8 GB of storage space. There are also more ambitious hardware specs in Canonical’s sights, up to a quad-core Cortex A9/Atom processor, “at least” 1GB of RAM and 32GB of storage or higher.

A smartphone based solely around the Ubuntu OS is planned for late 2013 or early 2014 while Ubuntu 14.04, which is due for release in April 2014, will be a unified operating system for desktop, phone and tablet devices. No OEMs or hardware manufacturers have been confirmed for the planned mobile device/devices but Canonical will apparently be talking to potential manufacturers at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas later this year.

Source: Ars Technica

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