|[February 19, 2014]
Canonical Announces First Partners to Ship Ubuntu Phones Around the Globe
LONDON --(Business Wire)--
Canonical today announces it has signed agreements with mobile device
manufacturers bq (Spain) and Meizu (China) to bring Ubuntu (News - Alert) smartphones
to consumers globally. Canonical is working with these partners to ship
the first Ubuntu devices on the latest hardware in 2014. Ubuntu
has also received significant support from the world's biggest carriers,
some of which intend to work with OEM partners to bring phones to market
Development programs have begun with the partners to provide smartphones
with a superior user experience on mid to high end hardware for
consumers around the world. Devices will be available to buy online
through bq, Meizu and at Ubuntu.com.
Ubuntu introduces a new UI paradigm for mobile devices. Ubuntu puts
content and services at the center of the experience, rather than hiding
them behind stores and apps. This gives consumers a fresh and rich way
to engage with their favorite videos, music and other mobile activities.
It also means OEMs and operators have unprecedented customization
opportunities with a common UI toolkit, which gives devices their own
unique footprint and without fragmenting the platform.
is one of China's most successful high-end smartphone manufacturers with
over 1,000 employees, 600 retail stores and a global presence in China,
Hong Kong, Israel, Russia and Ukraine. In January, the company announced
its strategy to expand into other international markets as well as to
ship phones in America later in 2014 and Ubuntu will be a key part of
this expansion. Meizu designs and retails phones that are characterized
by light, comfortable design as well as ease of use and functionality.
"Ubuntu's intuitive and visually stunning user interface aligns with our
own ethos of producing simple, innovative mobile experiences. This
partnership gives us an opportunity to develop a truly different and
compelling offering that will support our strategy to deliver devices to
both China as well as internationally," says Li Nan, Meizu's VP Sales
is a manufacturer of multimedia devices operating in Europe and
employing 600 people. In 013, the company shipped almost 1.5 million
devices and in less than a year has become the Spain's second biggest
seller of unlocked smartphones. bq will bring Ubuntu onto its latest
hardware specifications. "Ubuntu's ongoing success on PCs, as well as
the huge support it has gained for its mobile proposition provides the
best opportunity to bring an alternative platform to market on our
hardware," Alberto Mendez, CEO, comments.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, adds; "The mobile
industry has long been looking for a viable alternative to those that
reign today. Ubuntu puts the control back into the hands of our partners
and presents an exciting platform for consumers, delivering an
experience which departs from the tired app icon grid of Android (News - Alert) and iOS
and provides a fluid, content-rich experience for all."
Carriers and major industry players that Canonical has engaged with have
also shown their support for Ubuntu and an alternative operating system
for the mobile market. To date, Ubuntu's Carrier Advisory Group has 16
members including Vodafone, EE, T-Mobile USA, Three Group, Deutsche
Telekom, Verizon (News - Alert), Telstra and Portugal Telecom. Canonical is also
working with a breadth of ISV partners, including The Weather Channel,
GrooveShark, Evernote and more, to bring the best applications and
services to Ubuntu.
Portugal Telecom (News - Alert):
"It is our commitment to keep working
closely with Canonical to build a proposition for Ubuntu devices that
will deliver a fresh, new and exciting experience for our users," says
Pedro Leit�o should be: Member of the Board of Portugal Telecom
responsible for the Consumer Segment.
"Ubuntu is creating an innovative mobile web
experience that brings more choice for customers, and opportunities for
operators and OEMs who are keen to differentiate their devices."
"We've been very active in helping shape
Ubuntu for the Italian market by contributing to the Ubuntu Carrier
Advisory Group for many months."
"Ubuntu's entry to the mobile phone market is
definitely exciting. We see this as an interesting opportunity to help
bring mobile innovations quicker to the market, lower access barriers
and provide more choices in terms of apps and devices," says Orlando
B.Vea, chief wireless advisor at Smart. "We're very keen to work with
Ubuntu and the developer community in making this happen as it supports
our goal to bring the mobile Internet to every Filipino."
"We've been working closely with
Canonical and the Carrier Advisory Group for several months, and look
forward to being able to launch Ubuntu devices in the Indonesian
market," comments Richard Tan, deputy CEO.
Canonical is the company behind Ubuntu and
the leading provider of services for Ubuntu deployments in the
enterprise. With global teams of developers, support staff and
engineering centers, Canonical is uniquely positioned to help partners
and customers make the most of Ubuntu. Canonical is a privately held
Ubuntu is a free, open-source platform for client, server and cloud
computing. It is the most widely used Linux on the top 1000 websites by
traffic, the reference platform for OpenStack deployments, the most
popular guest OS on public clouds, and ships on PCs from Dell, Lenovo (News - Alert),
HP and other brands. Since its launch in 2004, it has become the
preferred choice for open desktop and scale-out computing, from Fortune
500 companies to hardware makers, content providers, software developers
bq is a company dedicated to consumer electronics,
which designs and develops both software and hardware. Its main division
is multimedia devices (e-readers, tablets and smartphones), a market in
which it is the leader in Spain. Its innovative spirit had led it to
operate in emerging fields such as educational robotics, the development
of reading platforms and 3D printing. In this latter market, it designs
and manufactures its own 3D printer, the bq Witbox, which is distributed
Established in 2003 and headquartered in Zhuhai,
China, Meizu designs and produces smartphones created to provide a
simple, intuitive mobile experience for people whose time is expected to
be simply spent in using their devices, instead of figuring out the way
of using them.
Meizu expanded into the smartphone market in 2008 and has been committed
to developing high-end smartphones ever since. Based on a business
philosophy and commitment to pursuing perfection and long-term
development, Meizu remains laser focused on developing innovative and
user-friendly smartphones for consumers. With more than 1,000 employees
and 600 retail stores, the company has built a global presence in Hong
Kong, Israel, Russia and Ukraine.
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