Ubuntu is a popular open source operating system which is favoured by many software engineers and also developers. Just recently, towards the end of 2011, Ubuntu made the jump from being solely on computers to mobile with the launch of Ubuntu Touch. The operating system started catching on in the custom ROM community but didn’t get much mainstream traction. This was evident with the failed crowdfunding attempt to create their first flagship handset, the Ubuntu Edge. There was little hope for the platform until early this year when Cannonical, the company behind Ubuntu, announced that they would be working with manufacturers to bring the platform to market.
There was little follow up on that until now. Cannonical and Chinese manufacturer, Meizu, have announced a deal earlier this month that will bring Ubuntu Touch to the mainstream. The devices are expected to hit the market in early 2015. The collaboration will see Meizu’s MX series of devices being re-purposed, more than likely this will include Meizu’s flagship MX4. Similar to how Meizu runs it’s own Flyme OS skin on Android, the re-purposed devices will run Ubuntu Touch at the core but will be running Meizu’s Flyme-UI on top. There is little else on the collaboration only that the collaboration is indeed happening and that the devices will see a release in China and Europe in early 2015.
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