Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that the first Ubuntu smartphones will be launched and sold to customers in the month of October 2013. The phones were unveiled by the company last month.
This timeline will be ambitious, compared to the Canonical’s earlier statement. October may mark the beginning of the Ubuntu phone’s timeline, but there are concerns about the speed at which Canonical in releasing the new device’s open source code.
On January 2, 2013, Canonical had assured that the phones which could be run on a Galaxy Nexus were just a few weeks away. However, this timeline was later revised to late February 2013, due to which, many are still waiting for phone’s code. Requests have been sent to the PR team of Canonical for information regarding the shipping date.
There are also possibilities that the release date could coincide with the release of the new Ubuntu desktop, which is based on the operating system. As Ubuntu is open source and can be modified, if the company plans to release the phone based on the desktop OS, people will be able to connect the device to a monitor and be able to use the device as a computer as well.