The Ubuntu Edge may have knocked the stuffing out of Canonical, who failed to reach their $27 million crowd-fund effort on IndieGogo to make their smartphone, but more phones by different partners will apparently be coming this year.
Canonical’s Jono Bacon said he was very excited about the Ubuntu OS partners who will be joining them in 2014 and while Jono couldn’t say who was making the smartphones, he did say awesome things will be happening, pointing at some phones coming running Ubuntu OS.
We previously heard at least one partner would be making a high-end Ubuntu OS smartphone, possibly in the shadow of the Ubuntu Edge. No hardware partners have been revealed yet, but we suspect companies like Huawei, Oppo and ZTE would be interested in the mobile OS.
For all those that don’t know, Ubuntu is a desktop operating system built on Linux. It is one of the most used Linux ports and has a lot of features that enhance the design and functionality of bare-Linux and most are available for free.
Ubuntu OS is the next step for Canonical, a mobile operating system built on the same technology with a more mobile feel. It is still the same design as the desktop OS, but comes with a smaller and touch-friendly user interface, alongside other new features.
When Ubuntu OS was last shown off, it looked like a new take on the home-screen and application multi-tasking, but had a few problems, showing it wasn’t a finished product and Canonical still had their work cut out for them.
In the time that has passed, Canonical may have made some big steps to making Ubuntu OS a more viable option for mobile, against the current trend of Android, iOS and Windows Phone.
Ubuntu OS may offer dual-boot for Android, we know the Ubuntu Edge was going to offer this on top of a full desktop version, when the user plugged the smartphone into a display.