Ubuntu tablets, smartphones coming in 2013

Canonical in talks with original equipment manufacturers to launch Ubuntu tablets and handsets which will be launched earliest by next year, reveals report.

Canonical, the company behind Linux-based open source operating system (OS) Ubuntu, is reportedly in talks with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to manufacture Ubuntu-based tablet and smartphone devices. These products are expected to be available in the market by next year.

Quoting Canonical's China chief representative, Yu Liqaing, tech.sina.com.cn reported that many OEMs--which were still undecided if they should support Microsoft Windows 8 OS--had expressed interest in increasing the number of tablets pre-loaded with Ubuntu.

Dan Han, market development manager at Canonical China, which distributes Ubuntu Linux, added that the company expanded its network of retail stores selling Ubuntu-based desktops and laptops to 200 shops in China. Hewlett-Packard will also be launching desktops and laptops running on Ubuntu, Dan added.

Last year, Canonical founder, Mark Shuttleworth, had expressed interest in the smartphone and tablet market.