Canonical staff to get working Ubuntu phones by late May

Toward that end, teams involved in the project have committed to ensuring that phone images will be usable as daily staff phones by the end of May.

By “usable,” Spencer added, he means a phone capable of making and receiving both phone calls and SMS messages and able to browse the Web using both WiFi and 3G data, with the ability to switch be

tween the two. Also part of that definition is that the phone’s proximity sensor dims the screen when the user lifts the phone to talk on it, along with the ability to import, add, and edit contacts. Finally, “when you update your phone your user data is retained, even if updating with phablet-flash,” he said.