It’s been awhile since we last heard from Canonical after officially announcing Ubuntu Touch back in January, a mobile version of their Linux-based software made specifically to run on touch-based devices (and Android ones at that). Initially built for the Galaxy Nexus and later the Nexus 4, we saw Android’s biggest competition since Firefox OS reach (limited) compatibility on more than 20 Android devices. Since then, we’ve seen that number grow to over 40 devices, with more than 20 – including the HTC One — on the way (work in progress).
Digging through some trademark filings this afternoon, we came across an interesting filing from Canonical Ltd for a device they’re calling Ubuntu Edge. Filed on July 10th, 2013, it appears we may have the official name for the official Ubuntu phone, the first of which were said to arrive by October of this year. The filing goes on to describe computer hardware and software, along with mobile telephone services, and the like. Call me crazy, but that sounds like a smartphone if I ever heard one.
Of course, nothing is set in stone and it’s entirely possible Ubuntu is trying to call “tap-tap, my smartphone name” with the Edge. Anyone out there still interested in Ubutuntu’s mobile OS, or have you already invested too much into Android to turn back now? Ubuntu Touch for smartphones refresher below.