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Meizu Ubuntu MX4 launches in China, coming to Europe soon

Meizu Ubuntu MX4 launches in China, coming to Europe soon

The second Ubuntu phone has just landed, fulfilling a promise that has been at least a year in the making. In China, The Meizu Ubuntu MX4 can already be grabbed by developers, with a promise that it would be available to European customers soon. Although bq's Aquaris E4.5 did beat Meizu to the punch, the Ubuntu-bearing MX4 does offer some more or less higher specs but with a matching higher price tag as well. That, however, might still make it a more interesting option for those greatly interested in this alternative mobile platform.

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Canonical puts Ubuntu on the Internet of Things train

Canonical puts Ubuntu on the Internet of Things train

It's no secret that Canonical wants its Ubuntu Linux operating system to replace Window, but to do so it needs to expand beyond its current mostly desktop, and some server, presence. While it's mobile efforts are still en route, aside form a lone bq Aquaris, the company is already planning on integrating deeper into your home through the so-called Internet of Things or IoT. And this time, it isn't doing it by itself but is enlisting the help of some big names like GE, Acer, and, ironically, Microsoft.

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Ubuntu Phone still coming 2015, unfazed by MS Continuum

Ubuntu Phone still coming 2015, unfazed by MS Continuum

When Microsoft revealed its vision of Windows 10 Continuum applied on smartphones, it sounded almost like a dream. Imagine being able to use the same apps on the same device, but customized and optimized to fit in whatever display size is being used at the moment. But to those who have been watching the smartphone industry for quite a while, that dream might sound familiar. That's because Canonical, the company behind the popular Linux distribution Ubuntu, made that same spiel almost two years ago and it seems it won't be giving up just because Microsoft beat it to the punch.

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Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

Ubuntu Phone release: Apps out, Scopes in

The Ubuntu device you're about to see goes by the name Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu edition, and it isn't going to be like your average iPhone or Android. Instead, so it's being presented by Canonical as, this device will make quick work of your day-to-day needs with "Scopes" - also known as cards. The first Ubuntu phone for the public will make use of this first market-ready version of Ubuntu for mobile devices and will pose the following question to the public: Do you really need apps in the first place?

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Drones, hubs and clouds: Ubuntu Core makes IoT play

Drones, hubs and clouds: Ubuntu Core makes IoT play

Linux is making another play for the Internet of Things, with Ubuntu figuring that as devices from thermostats through home hubs to personal robots and drones get smarter, they'll need a more flexible brain. Snappy Ubuntu Core is the latest platform for smart devices, promising gadgets that run exactly the same software whether locally or relying on the cloud, and thus bypassing questions about whether users are regularly upgrading, if old firmware is still in the wild, and where apps are going to come from. While Ubuntu clearly isn't alone in its IoT ambitions, Ubuntu Core does at least have an advantage some rival schemes don't: it already has users.

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Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

Ubuntu Phone delayed again to next year

It seems that Samsung isn't the only one experiencing delays in getting a new player in the mobile market out of the woodwork. Canonical, the commercial company behind the open source Linux-based Ubuntu OS has been quoted to have said that its much-hyped Ubuntu Phone won't be announced until early 2015. And that's just the announcement of the availability and not the availability itself, which can, of course, be delayed repeatedly, as Samsung's dance with its own Tizen OS has proven.

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Ubuntu Touch on Meizu MX4 Pro sighted, still a possibility

Ubuntu Touch on Meizu MX4 Pro sighted, still a possibility

Back in February, Canonical promised that its phone-centric Ubuntu Touch will be making its way to actual retail smartphones later this year. But Canonical promises many things and with the year coming to a close, it seems that that promise might either be delayed or, worse, broken entirely. But behold, a device bearing the likeness of the Meizu MX4 but also bearing within it Ubuntu's mobile OS has just been spotted, fanning the flames of hope of a still possible Ubuntu phone soon.

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Ubuntu phones from Meizu and bq in 2014 Canonical promises

Ubuntu phones from Meizu and bq in 2014 Canonical promises

The first Ubuntu phones will be launched later in 2014 by Meizu and bq, Canonical has confirmed, along with an unspecified number of carriers also keen to get the new OS to market. Meizu is better known for its affordable Android devices, while bq readers, though not broadly known for its own brand, is responsible for a number of low-cost Android smartphones offered in Europe, particularly Spain.

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Canonical Ubuntu Edge smartphone production still a possibility

Canonical Ubuntu Edge smartphone production still a possibility

Earlier today, we reported that Canonical's Indiegogo campaign to fund an Ubuntu-based smartphone missed its crowdfunding goal by a mile. However, we're now learning that Canonical has every intention of moving forward in another capacity, calling the campaign a success and noting that the $12.8 million they did manage to raise was the largest amount raised for a crowdfunding campaign ever.

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