Ubuntu-based smartphones officially coming in October

Mark your calendars Ubuntu fans: Canonical, provider of the popular open-source operating system, officially announced smartphones running a mobile version of the OS will be available to consumers in October.

In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, did not give many details about the coming phones, and could not confirm whether the handsets would be available in the United States.

We've known Ubuntu for smartphones has been coming for about a year now, and owners of a Galaxy Nexus will be able to download a copy of the OS at the end of this month. This, however, is the first official news we've had about the release of real Ubuntu hardware.

One big hurdle Ubuntu for smartphones will need to overcome is the availability of apps, something the operating system's project team is apparently aware of. Through a new Ubuntu Phone Core Apps project, the organization hopes to encourage developers to design the basic apps that will come preloaded on Ubuntu phones come October.

Until then, those curious about the new operating system can tinker with Ubuntu for phones to their heart's content when Canonical releases the first download in a few weeks.

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