Meizu and Ubuntu Phone – Coming Soon

Ubuntu Edge

You’re looking at the Ubuntu Edge, a “crazy, beautiful idea” for a 2013 Indiegogo campaign that didn’t quite pan out. The OS it was to run, however, is still very much on—in fact, Ubuntu is set to make its smartphone début just in time for Christmas.

Founded and still largely funded by South African millionaire and spaceman Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu has been a popular desktop Linux distribution for years, and if the screen grabs I see on Google+ are any indication, it’s the go-to development environment for Android coders. The smartphone version of Ubuntu likely won’t pose a significant threat to either Android or Apple anytime soon. But for freedom beards like msyelf it represents another tantalizing opportunity to be freed from the clutches of all-seeing and all-knowing Google.

I got burned pretty badly by Firefox OS; now I’ve got my crosshairs on Ubuntu.

Ubuntu in Action

So my original intention for this post was to install a preview of Ubuntu on my Nexus 4. But apparently someone at Softpedia beat me to it:

If, like me, you find yourself unimpressed by how laggy everything seems to be, remember that this is Ubuntu running on non-optimized hardware. From Softpedia:

Users will notice that the apps have a small delay before they open. That issue will be fixed soon, as the developers still have to make some adjustments. This video was made with a Nexus 4, but a better phone will handle it much better.

Better than a Nexus 4, you say? Intriguing…


My first experience with Chinese smartphone-maker Meizu was in early 2012 when I visited their Hong Kong flagship store to see the first-gen MX. To say there was a lot of interest would be a bit of an understatement; the first day I went there was a lineup out the door just to see the phone!

Meizu MX4

Cut to present day, and Meizu has just finished taking pre-orders for their new MX4. But what I’m excited about is news of a “Pro” version that will run Ubuntu. The rumoured specs:

  • Octa-core Exynos 5430 processor with 3 GB of RAM
  • 5.4 inch display with 1536 x 2560 pixels
  • 20 MP rear camera, 13 MP front-facing camera (!)

Now that’s a high-powered device!

I’ve just signed up for an account at Meizu’s online store. The day that the MX4 Pro goes up for sale I plan on ordering one. And if they won’t ship to Canada I just might have to go to Zhuhai and pick it up myself…

Further Reading:

Ubuntu on Phones | Ubuntu
Ubuntu Touch RTM Preview – Ditching Android Just Got Easier
Meizu MX4 Review – Did Meizu make good?
Meizu MX4 Pro delayed until November