Verizon Wireless joins Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group


Verizon Wireless (NYSE:VZ) has joined the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group, a consortium of mobile operators participating in technology discussions around the Linux-based operating system.

The Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group allows operators to shape Ubuntu's mobile strategy: Members receive advance confidential briefings and supply feedback, and they are also offered the chance to become a launch partner, gaining the right to ship Ubuntu devices in the markets they serve. Verizon Wireless is the first U.S. operator to join the group, whose 10-member ranks also include China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, EE and SK Telecom. Invitations are extended to any national or multinational carrier who wishes to join, although the CAG will close to new members at the end of this month.

Canonical, the firm behind the Ubuntu OS, is currently preparing a mobile version optimized for both high-end and low-end smartphones. Ubuntu for phones allows users to navigate through the platform by swiping from one side of their screen to another: swiping from the left brings up a list of favorite apps, swiping from the right navigates to the most recently used app and swiping from the bottom brings up each app's menu. The first Ubuntu devices are expected to reach retail in Oct. 2013. Blog