Ubuntu, Mobile OS, Android

Remember way back in February 2012 when we talked about the possibilities of using the Ubuntu OS on a mobile phone? Ubuntu has its share of support from VoIP providers and users could even use an international SIM on the service to sidestep the software requirements, as long as their phone is GSM compatible of course.

Canonical is taking the wraps off the mobile version of Ubuntu as of today. The OS is built using the Android kernel and supports both ARM and x86 processors, promising to use the “full power of the phone.”

The aforementioned Ubuntu for Android will be the first step to getting this new ecosystem out to shipping devices, which Canonical chief Mark Shuttleworth says will definitely arrive at some point during this year. While no carrier or manufacturer support has yet been announced, the first Ubuntu for Android handset should be provided by a “high-end” Android device maker. The Galaxy Nexus can use a downloadable image experience for developers in the meantime. Ubuntu-powered phones are promised to be out in early 2014.

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By Josh Robert Nay

Josh Robert Nay is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of TruTower. He has worked in the telecommunications industry since 2003 and specializes in GSM based technology. He also uses (too many) VoIP apps and is a long-time user of BlackBerry, Android, and Windows Phone. He adores anything having to do with space exploration and writing. In addition to the links below, he can be found on LinkedIn and can also be found on his website at http://www.joshrobertnay.com.