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Ubuntu Mobile OS: Carriers Don't Want to Recreate Fragmentation of Android

Canonical has stated that carriers haven't expressed any interest in recreating a fragmentation of Android in terms of the company's upcoming Ubuntu mobile operating system.

The firm's founder and CEO, Mark Shuttleworth, stated that Ubuntu smartphones would be launching during October 2013. However, he clarified that although a mobile version of the operating system (Ubuntu 13.10) will be available then, smartphones are unlikely to ship until early 2014.

He added that although the platform will be completed this year, the devices to run the operating system will be required to undergo the usual process of carrier testing, which can take a few months.

"We've had fairly substantial conversations... none of [the carriers or OEMs] have expressed a desire to recreate the fragmentation of the Android operating system. I think my genuine impression is that people realize that fragmentation doesn't really help them."

"Certainly none of the companies we've engaged with have expressed the desire to do all of the work that's involved in a device like this and not engage with us... for the moment, at least, we think that gives us reasonable leverage in conversations. We're relatively confident how it will play out in the opening sequences of the chess game."

Shuttleworth responded to questions pertaining to whether Ubuntu, originally a PC operating system based on Linux, could generate profits from the platform by stressing that it wishes to further establish Ubuntu as a brand.

"It solves a lot of problems for us if people go into a store and see Ubuntu branding." That said, he noted that Canonical doesn't have much control over what its partners decide to do with the operating system. "It's open source, so it's possible for people to do grievous bodily harm to it."

Ubuntu is currently available on the Galaxy Nexus as a test platform. For more on the platform itself, go to our CES 2013 preview.


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