Ubuntu has been handed a smartphone lease of life

News Jan 24, 2013

The operating system has been adapted for mobiles

An exciting start to the year for Linux as the Ubuntu operating system has set its focus on the smartphone market.

Canonical has announced that it is to release a version of the operating system for Samsung Galaxy Nexus phones, via a file of code which can download and use to replace the Android OS. The software was also due to be showcased at CES at the time of writing, with versions of Ubuntu expected for other devices by the end of the year. It’s distinctly possible, then, that we could all be purchasing phones running Ubuntu at some point next year.

Founder Mark Shuttleworth has claimed that Ubuntu will be the only OS to offer a consistent interface across smartphone, tablet and PC platforms; we’re certainly intrigued, and hopeful that Ubuntu for phones becomes something of a success.