There is no word on who the hardware partner is and whether they have a prominent place in the Android ecosystem, our guess is Ubuntu is looking for almost anyone with credibility in the industry and this may be anyone from Samsung to Oppo at the moment.
Ubuntu Touch did attract a lot of media attention at CES and even more with the IndieGogo campaign. Despite the campaign failing by a large margin, it is still the most successful tech crowd-funded campaign in recent years, surpassing the biggest Kickstarter Pebble by $2 million.
Canonical does have good relations with carriers, including Vodafone, Verizon, Deutsche Telecom, T-Mobile, 3, EE, KT, SK Telecom and PT. This means when their hardware partner does release the high-end device next year, it will most likely be available on some of the carriers named above.
Ubuntu Touch is already available on the Nexus 4 or Galaxy Nexus with some work to add the ROM to the two supported smartphones. Like CyanogenMod, Canonical want to make sure their OS is made available without the need to flash a ROM and install packages.
We are not sure how many people would like an Ubuntu OS smartphone, the mass amount of people are just getting used to Android taking over the place after iOS’s dominant run and starting to check out Windows Phone, but Sailfish OS, Firefox OS and possibly Tizen are offering new and exciting takes on the mobile OS and how it should work.