Ubuntu, a Linux-based operating system, has been used to run servers and other infrastructure in many corporate IT departments till now. But there will be a whole new side to this, when purely Ubuntu-based smartphones will roll out in October.
According to Mark Shuttleworth, founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd, October will be the right time for the introduction of a fully fledged Ubuntu smartphone to hit the markets.
Other hardware and application vendors, including General Dynamics Corp and Citrix Systems Inc, are developing handsets that can provide compromised access to corporate data, but have yet to make a significant move in the market.
Android is undoubtedly the mobile OS to beat in 2013. iOS has loyal fans, but it simply can’t achieve Android’s volume driven by multiple OEMs producing phones and tablets in countless form factors.
There is also still a dearth of entry-level tablets, whether for emerging markets or schools. This is an area where Ubuntu could really shine.
The Ubuntu Apps Directory has been out for over a year now and it works quite well. This is one advantage Ubuntu will have over the other would-be third party mobile OS vendors. But looking at the overall scenario, whatever Ubuntu scores, it should be high enough so as to maintain its very sustainability.
The major issue regarding this is whether the carriers will buy the Ubuntu phones or not. If they do, Ubuntu can become the competitive OS we all have been waiting for.