Ubuntu Phone has been gradually getting attention not only of users and developers but also of network carriers, who will eventually make the device available to the masses. Canonical, the parent company of Ubuntu, announced today a new Carrier Advisory Group formed with founding members Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere, Korea Telecom, Telecom Italia, LG UPlus, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom and the leading Spanish international carrier. More information on CAG on Ubuntu’s Phone page.
Only CAG members will have access to early information about Ubuntu and device manufacturer plans to support the OS, as well as the opportunity to be a launch partner for Ubuntu on smartphones.
The CAG is independently chaired by David Wood who has 25 years of experience in the mobile industry. He is currently Chair at London Futurists and and has served on the board of directors of Symbian and the Open Mobile Alliance.
The CAG will hold regular meetings to map out out key areas of the Ubuntu mobile platform and discuss its developments. Topics for discussion will include:
- Differentiation for OEMs and operators
- Developer ecosystems and application portability from Android and Blackberry
- HTML5 standards, performance and compatibility
- Marketplaces for apps, content and services
- Revenue share models for publishers, operators and OEMs
- Payment mechanisms and standards
- Platform fragmentation
- Consumer and enterprise market segments and positioning
Ubuntu Touch (the operating system powering the Phone) images are being regularly updated and released to the general public for rigorous testing.