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No Ubuntu Touch phones until 2015

Ubuntu Touch smartphones won’t land until 2015 at the earliest conflicting with earlier comments that stated the first device would ship by the end of 2014.

Related: Canonical to crowdfund record $32m for ‘converged’ Ubuntu Edge dual OS smartphone

A member of staff at Canonical, the device manufacturer, stated via a Reddit Q&A that the first Ubuntu Touch aren’t being release this year and will instead be unleashed in 2015.

"This is a long road though with many components, and I would be surprised if we see anything like this before 2015. When the major OEMs/Carriers ship, this is when many of the ISVs will be on-board too,” said Jono Bacon, community manager at Canonical, according to The Inquirer.

Ubuntu Touch is the smartphone and tablet version of the Ubuntu OS and Bacon added that devices running the Ubuntu Touch would have no integration with other Ubuntu devices such as PCs that have the Ubuntu OS installed.

"Currently we are not scoping any fancy integration between Ubuntu devices. The primary integration will be getting content and syncing it [with] Ubuntu One, which syncs across devices,” Bacon added.

More disappointment came with the widely expected news that Canonical won’t be putting the Ubuntu Edge smartphone into full production after it fell shy of its $32 million [£20.5 million] crowd-funding target – despite raising a record $12.8 million [£8.2 million].

"We don't have any plans to put the Ubuntu Edge into production. I am supportive of this: I think it would tie Canonical up in knots delivering a very specific device rather than focusing our efforts on making Ubuntu work well for other OEMs who can ship it,” Bacon stated. "The Ubuntu Edge was really helpful though. It directly triggered a set of discussions from various OEMs and Carriers who were blown away by the support in the community and press for the device. But damn, I would love an Edge. Beyond the brick that I have in my office that we used to show the hardware design."

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It was originally planned that the first Ubuntu Touch would ship during 2014 through its first hardware partner that it signed an agreement with in 2013.

Jamie Hinks
Jamie Hinks

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