According to data from the International Data Corporation, the most popular operating system for smartphones for the last four years has been Android. Right behind Google’s platform is Apple’s iOS followed by Windows Phone and BlackBerry OS. However, these four systems are not the only ones used by smartphone makers. For instance, there’s a platform called Ubuntu and although many smartphone users may be unfamiliar with it, a number of phones have been launched with this OS on board. The latest Ubuntu phone will be available for pre-order at Mobile World Congress and it will be the most-high end device running this platform that has ever been released.
Canonical, the maker of the Ubuntu OS, has just announced that the next Ubuntu phone is scheduled to hit the market in mid-June. Dubbed Aquaris E5 HD the new device will debut only four months after the UE unveiling of its predecessor, the Aquaris E4.5. Said to be a step ahead in terms of hardware in comparison its older brother, the new Ubuntu phone will be also produced by the Spanish manufacturer BQ.
The already densely packed mobile market has just received a new player to make it even more crowded. The mentioned for the first time two years ago the very first Ubuntu phone has just been officially announced to hit the market soon. Called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, the handset is manufactured by the Spanish company BQ. The still little know manufacturer of tablets and e-readers is now releasing the phone that will be sold in a series of flash sales across Europe.
Mark Shuttleworth, CEO of Canonical, a company providing services to companies that use Ubuntu software, revealed today that the first smartphones running Ubuntu OS will be launched this year in October. It is a very nice surprise, since originally Ubuntu phones were expected to hit the stores in the first quarter of 2014. Even better news is that unfinished version of the OS will be available to developers as early as the end of this month, so they will have plenty of time to play with it and work on the main apps.