BQ set for wider Ubuntu smartphone availability

BQ set for wider Ubuntu smartphone availability

11 AUG 2015

Device maker BQ launched a store to enable customers outside of Europe to buy its two Ubuntu-powered smartphones, although it comes with caveats.

Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu, noted that “network frequency, and mobile operator, compatibility in some countries, such as the US, will limit some of the handset and OS functionality that European users are presently enjoying”.

It continued that “this worldwide launch will provide the opportunity for our fans across the globe to get a taste of the Ubuntu OS and experience it for themselves on a great range of BQ devices”.

So far, BQ has unveiled two smartphones powered by Ubuntu: Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition and Aquaris E5 HD Ubuntu Edition.

While BQ was the first vendor to launch Ubuntu-powered smartphones, it has recently been joined on the roster by Chinese vendor Meizu, which is also offering devices in the European market.


Steve Costello

Steve works across all of Mobile World Live’s channels and played a lead role in the launch and ongoing success of our apps and devices services. He has been a journalist...More

Read more