Ubuntu for phones gets a telco carrier club
Canonical has gathered together seven carriers including Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere and Korea Telecom to create the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group (CAG) for Ubuntu for phones. The group will be confidentially briefed on Canonical's plans for the upcoming phone operating system and will, in return, give the company feedback on those plans and get the chance to be a launch partner with the right to ship Ubuntu devices in their markets. Canonical expects further carriers, including "leaders in all major markets", to join the group before its doors close in July. The current timetable will see Ubuntu for phones launched early in 2014.
Introducing the CAG on his blog, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, said the group had already had its first meeting and that the leading question carriers had was "how can we accommodate differentiation, without fragmenting the platform for developers?". Shuttleworth says that CAG members will get exclusivity in their markets for a time and that the company doesn't need "a very large group; just a few clear-thinking and thoughtful partners who have experience introducing new platforms".