New Ubuntu phones from ma­jor OEMs to be avail­able only in 2015: Jono Ba­con

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Canon­i­cal’s com­mu­nity man­ager, Jono Ba­con, has said that while he would love to see ma­jor OEMs/car­ri­ers ship­ping Ubuntu hand­sets, he’d be ‘sur­prised’ if any hit the mar­ket be­fore 2015. The news def­i­nitely shat­ters hopes of ‘house­hold brands’ ship­ping Ubuntu-pow­ered phones any­time be­fore 2015.

Ba­con has re­vealed that smaller man­u­fac­tur­ers serv­ing spe­cific re­gions are most likely to bring out the first wave of Ubuntu-pow­ered de­vices. The strategy has been adopted keep­ing in view a far-sighted goal—that of aid­ing Canon­i­cal in court­ing big­ger play­ers, both on the hard­ware and the soft­ware side, in the long run. Canon­i­cal plans to tar­get the mid-range and high-end with its mo­bile OS and is aware of the fact that en­ter­ing a mar­ket with well-known, es­tab­lished loy­al­ties fixed firmly in place will pose a prob­lem for them.

“I think the ideal [Ubuntu Phone] cus­tomer today is some­one who wants a de­pend­able de­vice, but [one who] does not re­quire a large cat­a­logue of spe­cific apps (as we don’t have many of them yet),” Ba­con said. Im­pres­sive sales of an Ubuntu-pow­ered phone would act as bait to other OEMs and ISVs, lead­ing to re­newed in­ter­est for the same, in­sists Ba­con.

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