First Ubuntu phones to arrive in autumn

Ubuntu should released its first range of mobile phones later this year, according to the Canonical founder.

Mark Shuttleworth told Cnet that Meizu and BQ Readers will launch the first Ubuntu handsets in the autumn of 2014.

Speaking at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2014, he said that the company is starting with smaller manufacturers so it can ensure they are “placing the right device in the right hands”. 

He said Meizu and BQ Readers “are established at getting into difficult, entrenched or congested markets” and are working on finding the key markets for their handsets. Once it knows this, the company will carefully think about its branding and retail strategies to best target them.

Ubuntu's launch will initially focus on China and Europe during 2014 but the handsets will be made available elsewhere, according to Mr Shuttleworth.

“We're perfectly aligned with Google and Apple so if you've got an HTML5 app that works with Android or iOS, it will work with Ubuntu, with only a tiny amount of friction that just one person can take care of,” he added.

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