Those that were following our Mobile World Congress coverage from last year may remember Canonical releasing a special developer preview of their Ubuntu Touch OS for the Nexus 4. In that same press release, Canonical also made mention of their plans to introduce hardware partners for Ubuntu Touch OS sometime in October, and while version 1.0 of their mobile OS went live — hardware partners were still nowhere to be found.
If you were curious to see what Mobile World Congress 2014 will bring outside of the usual plethora of Android devices, Canonical is now finally ready to announce hardware partners for Ubtuntu Touch with Chinese manufacturer Meizu and Spanish OEM “bq” officially jumping on board. Canonical wasn’t able to provide many details about these devices, only that they would offer the “lastest” mobile hardware with a release scheduled for later this year.
It was in August of last year that Canonical’s ambitious Ubuntu Edge smartphone failed to meet its lofty Indiegogo goal, but apparently some good may have come out of it. Canonical was able to launch the “Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group” of which 16 major telecoms including T-Mobile USA, Verizon, and more were offering to give their support.
Bringing it back to Ubuntu Touch, Canonical describes apps as having their own dedicated pages on the homescreen, with more than 50 of the “top apps” available at launch. Of the ones Canonical was able to reveal, Evernote, Grooveshark, and the Weather Channel were already said to be on board.
Just like last year, we expect to pay Canonical a visit during this year’s Mobile World Congress. Be on the lookout for our coverage starting next week.