Thursday 18 July 2013

Canonical to launch Ubuntu Edge smartphone next

Trademark filing report reveals Canonical's plans to release next Ubuntu for Mobile OS based smartphone dubbed as Ubuntu Edge.

Canonical had announced the Ubuntu Touch smartphone user interface for the Linux kernel based mobile operating system - Ubuntu for phones, in January this year. Now the company plans to introduce yet another Ubuntu mobile OS based smartphone, dubbed as Ubuntu Edge.

Phandroid spotted a trademark filing by Canonical for a device called Ubuntu Edge. In a way, it points at a future smartphone possibility.

Canonical had released the Ubuntu for phones test build of its mobile operating system based on Linux kernel to run on the popular Galaxy Nexus smartphone. Back in January, Canonical showed off the Ubuntu Touch, its mobile interface meant for touchscreen smartphones and tablets.

As per the Canonical's hardware requirements, the entry level Ubuntu smartphone should have 1 GHz Cortex A9 microarchitecture based processor with 512 MB to 1 GB RAM. There should be minimum 4 GB on-board storage with capability to support micro SD card.

The high-end Ubuntu smartphone should have a quad-core ARM Cortex A9 architecture based processor with minimum 1 GB RAM and 32 GB storage space. There should be micro SD card support. Also there has to be capability to be convergent with the desktop platform.

As of now, it is unclear whether the Ubuntu Edge will be an entry level smartphone or high end smartphone. Canonical is expected to deliver the first Ubuntu phone sometime later this year.

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