The first smartphones to run the open source Linux distro Ubuntu are expected to ship later this year, and the Chinese phone maker Meizu was on hand this week in Barcelona to show off their first UbuntuPhone.
The MX3 is a $400 smartphone with 5.1" (1800 x 1080 resolution) screen, an octa-core Samsung Exynos 5410 CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB Flash storage, and 2 cameras (2MP and 8MP). It was initially released in October 2013 running Flyme OS 3.0, Meizu's own custom version of Android, but later this year Meizu plans to release a new version that runs Ubuntu.
GizChina got their hands on the MX3 earlier today, and they posted this video. It's in Spanish, unfortunately, but even if you turn off the sound the visual story will still tell you a lot.
Both of the phones shown in the video are the MX3; one runs Ubuntu while the other runs Flyme. According to GizChina, the version of Ubuntu shown in the video is a developmental release which was not intended for the public. The bloggers say that they were warned that the version was very unstable, but they thought it worked smoothly and provided excellent performance.
For the most part the global smartphone market is dominated by 2 operating systems: Android and iOS. How much longer do you think that will last? As we've seen this week, new challengers, including Firefox OS and Ubuntu, are starting to come out of the woodwork. Will they successfully challenge the dominant Android and iOS or simply end up also-rans like Tizen, webOS, and Maemo?