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Ubuntu Phone launch delayed until early 2015

Chris Hoffman | Dec. 22, 2014
Canonical pushed back its promised 2014 Ubuntu Phone launch to polish the interface and account for manufacturing hold-ups.

If you've been following Ubuntu phone, it's not great to hear about yet another delay. These phones were originally supposed to be released in early 2014, and then before the end of 2014, and now sometime in early 2015. Canonical clearly underestimated the difficulties of launching a product in the mobile market and needed more time. But, it could be worse: Ubuntu Phone should hopefully be good and stable when it's released.

It does seem like the phones are closer to being released now, though. OMG! Ubuntu! is even reporting that a Bq Ubuntu phone will be released in Europe in February.

Hopefully I'll be able to get my hands on one of these Ubuntu phones soon. Unfortunately, the most interesting "convergence" features won't arrive with the first Ubuntu phones. Unity 8 and Mir just aren't ready for desktop prime time yet, so we'll have some waiting to do even after we get the hardware. The Ubuntu desktop has seen few changes this past year as Canonical focuses all their effort on Ubuntu phones and desktop convergence, so we're all itching for some new developments.

Now for the lingering question: Where are those Ubuntu TVs and tablets?


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