It’s great news for Ubuntu users who have cheered on the Ubuntu Phone platform.
If BQ and Meizu are new names to you, scroll below and allow me to elaborate on those OEMs and on the Ubuntu Phone landing at large.
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In India and China, BQ and Meizu are big players in the smartphone manufacturing business. That’s one reason why you can’t take their support for the Ubuntu Phone operating system lightly.
No, they’re not Samsung or Apple, but who’s to say the likes of Samsung wouldn’t jump on board? In the end, that’s what Ubuntu Phone needs to grow to the masses. But this is a huge jumpstart for the Ubuntu Phone OS.
I enjoyed checking out the Ubuntu Phone developer preview and saw great potential in the OS.
But just as Ubuntu on the desktop is pretty geek-centric, the Ubuntu Phone platform is going to have a rough time reaching the mainstream.
Say “Linux” or “Ubuntu” to most non-geeks and you’ll get a confused-dog expression.
Command line interfaces, repositories and flashing kernels are all things your average desktop or smartphone customer will refuse to deal with. But Ubuntu Phone stands to turn some of that around.
That’s why the Ubuntu Phone will just have to work. And it’ll have to work great.
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Will the U.S. carriers buy in?
Okay, so with the simple Ubuntu Phone interface, you’ve got to wonder about the acceptance factor in terms of U.S. carriers.
Will the likes of Verizon Wireless allow for this device to run on its network free from bloatware?
It’s been the norm for mobile carriers to delay the launch of devices on its networks. Typically, the reasons for this boil down to control over the device features — and to scrutinize over how it would perform on the mobile network.
What happens if the OS receives an update similar to the Android operating system going from 4.1 to 4.2?
Will all Ubuntu touch devices be created equal to allow for uniform updating regardless of carrier? Or is this strictly up to the carriers?
I personally would like to see yet another player in the mobile marketplace. We have Android, Apple iOS, Windows Phone and, of course, Blackberry.
Is there room for another option? I don’t think so. I know so. More options are always better. Choice brings cost down.
And there are a lot of us Ubuntu hounds around who just can’t wait to see how or whether the Ubuntu Phone platform heats up the marketplace.
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