Phones running the new Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system promise a whole new user experience, and are set to be launched in Asia & Europe within 2014.

Meizu & bq are two device manufacturers that have signed agreements with Canonical to deliver and ship the first Ubuntu Touch smartphones – Meizu MX3 & bq Aquaris. Canonical is the company that backs Ubuntu.

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About Ubuntu Touch

Ubuntu Touch is a smartphone operating system based on the Ubuntu Linux desktop & server OS, that puts content & services at the center of the user experience, rather than hiding them behind stores & apps.

This gives consumers a fresh & rich way to engage with their favourite videos, music and other mobile activities. In Ubuntu Touch such logical groupings for data & content are called Scopes, and are defined by the system or user.

Also in Ubuntu Touch, everything is just a swipe away using the inbuilt Magic Edges feature. This makes accessing functionality & content a breeze.

Check out this quick hands-on video by CNET and sample the user experience for yourself:

About bq

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bq is a company dedicated to consumer electronics, which designs and develops both software and hardware. Its main division is multimedia devices (e-readers, tablets and smartphones), a market in which it is the leader in Spain.

Website: http://www.bq.com

About Meizu

Established in 2003 and headquartered in Zhuhai, China, MEIZU designs and produces smartphones created to provide a simple, intuitive mobile experience for people whose time is expected to be simply spent in using their devices, instead of figuring out the way of using them.

Website: http://en.meizu.com

It remains to be seen if Ubuntu Touch can gain traction with users, and also get the support of the app developer community & telecom industry the way other major smartphone operating systems have.

[Images courtesy: Ubuntu.com]

 

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