Ubuntu Touch release next year?

Ubuntu Touch phones may be out next year as Canonical confirms it's found a hardware partner

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It’s been almost a year since we saw Mark Shuttleworth pull a phone out of his pocket and show us Ubuntu on mobile, the phone and tablet OS made by Canonical. Since then, Canonical have been quiet about the supposed hardware partners they’ve been talking to, and the only glimpse at hardware we’ve had is from the Ubuntu Edge crowdfunding campaign.

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The Ubuntu Edge will unfortunately not see the light of day

Hopefully this will soon change though, as Mark Shuttleworth was recently found at LeWeb 2013 talking to CNET, specifically mentioning that an agreement had been made to produce phones. “We have concluded our first set of agreements to ship Ubuntu on mobile phones,” Shuttleworth told CNET. “We’ve shifted gears from ‘making a concept’ to ‘it’s going to ship.’”

This is a huge step for Canonical and Ubuntu Touch. Supposedly it will be a high-end phone, and should be a good way to see what the OS can really do.