Canonical Says Meizu and BQ Will Launch Ubuntu Smartphones in 2014

The first two partners have been announced by Mark Shuttleworth

Canonical has just announced the first two hardware partners that will be developing Ubuntu Touch-powered phone, Meizu and BQ.

There has been a lot of speculation lately about the first hardware manufacturers that will be releasing devices powered by Ubuntu Touch, but that has ended today with the official announcement of the Meizu and BQ partners.

BQ is a company specialized in the design, manufacture and distribution of e-books, tablets and smartphones that does most of the work in the European Union. This is not a huge hardware developer, but they have some very interesting devices that really stand out from the rest.

Meizu, on the other hand, is not really a surprise. It’s a large Chinese manufacturer specialized in building Android devices. There has been a lot of speculation about the Meizu company, but most rumors have been dismissed. It turns out that it was actually a way of the Chinese company to gage the interest for Ubuntu Touch.

We’ll provide more details as they become available.

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