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Ubuntu OS smartphones coming in October, will take on Google's Android

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Feb 07, 2013 at 12:00pm IST

New Delhi: In an attempt to get a foothold in the smartphone market which is already dominated by Google's Android, Canonical Ltd is soon going to release its Ubuntu OS for smartphones. According to a Wall Street Journal report, smartphones running Ubuntu OS are on their way and will be available to customers in October this year.

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and CEO of Canonical, said that app developers will get access to the OS later this month. Though the comapny has not made it clear that which all smartphones will be seen running the Ubuntu OS, but it has been made clear that application developers will get to play with the operating system on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.

Ubuntu is a Linux-based operating system for computing. CNET reports, the Ubuntu OS, which is being ready for small screens, will use the same drivers as Android smartphones; it will also be able to run on entry-level smartphones.

Ubuntu OS smartphones coming in October, will take on Google's Android

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder and CEO of Canonical, said that app developers will get access to the OS later this month.

"Ubuntu for phones will use native apps, which means that developers can create a single app for both the desktop and the PC. This will let users easily move between devices. The OS also favors swiping gestures to reveal navigation strips and overview pages," reports CNET.

According to the Wall Street Journal report, carriers are interested in the smartphone, but it's still not clear that who all are planning to partner with Canonical for the Ubuntu OS.

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