Ubuntu mobile takes two steps forward, one step backward

Canonical has yet to sign up any vendors or carriers for upcoming smart phones running Ubuntu, which is not surprising, considering the first Ubuntu phone release appears to have slipped to 2015. However, the company has signed up an impressive roster of mobile providers that are at least intrigued enough to join its Carrier Advisory Group (CAG). Now, leading European carrier Vodafone has joined the pack, which already includes U.S. carriers including Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile.

Vodafone represents 411 million customers and has equity interests in telecom operations in approximately 30 countries and 50 partner networks worldwide, says Canonical. Other CAG members include China Unicom, Deutsche Telekom, Everything Everywhere, Korea Telecom, LG UPlus, MTM Group, Portugal Telecom, SK Telecom, Smartfren, Telecom Italia, and Telstra.