Linux-based operating system Ubuntu, running on many of corporate servers, will arrive on smartphones in Oct 2013, according to the project head. Developers will be access to the phone OS by Feb.
Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, had priorly said that his company was taking Ubuntu to mobiles, but he gave the targeted time of early 2014.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, Shuttleworth said the 1st Ubuntu-based smartphones would be releasing in Oct. Developers, however, will get their hands on the software as early as this month.
Why everyone try to compete with Android and iOS, especially when there are already alternative OS such as BlackBerry and Windows Phone? Shuttleworth believes Ubuntu phones will really solve a problem, letting users stream corporate software — even Windows desktop apps — right on their handsets as well as boot up the full Ubuntu OS when they were docked to a workstation.