Canonical ends investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell.

That’s all Folks would Bugs Bunny say for Ubuntu phone and tablet and their effort to enter this market.


In a post Mark Shuttleworth, Founder of Ubuntu and Canonical is writing to us:

“I’m writing to let you know that we will end our investment in Unity8, the phone and convergence shell. We will shift our default Ubuntu desktop back to GNOME for Ubuntu 18.04 LTS.”

Mark Shuttleworth is really honest about the project:

I took the view that, if convergence was the future and we could deliver it as free software, that would be widely appreciated both in the free software community and in the technology industry, where there is substantial frustration with the existing, closed, alternatives available to manufacturers. I was wrong on both counts.
In the community, our efforts were seen fragmentation not innovation. And industry has not rallied to the possibility, instead taking a ‘better the devil you know’ approach to those form factors, or investing in home-grown platforms. What the Unity8 team has delivered so far is beautiful, usable and solid, but I respect that markets, and community, ultimately decide which products grow and which disappear.


Mark Shuttleworth announced on 31 October 2011 that by Ubuntu 14.04, Ubuntu will support smartphones, tablets, smart TVs and other smart screens (such as car head units and smartwatches). The “goal for Ubuntu is to reach full convergence (same platform and libraries on all devices), Ubuntu 14.04 and 14.10 are not fully there yet”. was said back in 2011.

The Ubuntu platform for phones was unveiled on 2 January 2013. The Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview was released on 21 February 2013. Ubuntu Touch was released to manufacturers on 16 September 2014.

BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, the world’s first Ubuntu-based smartphone went on sale in Europe on 9 February 2015.

Microsoft demonstrated Continuum mid 2015 during their Build 15 Developer Conference. Continuum has the same idea as Ubuntu convergence. I think it was the Lumia 950 which was the first phone with Continuum support. the phone was released in October 2015.

To be fair, the project didn’t had a chance of making it. Would you be interested in a phone without a mobile app for Facebook (try to see if you can dig that), no Snapchat, no WhatsApp, no …. and no ….

It sad to see so many years of development come to an end by a company that is doing good things for the Linux community but now they can refocus on other things. Maybe they will come up with a new brilliant idea.


I had to post this along Ubuntu Touch, Ubuntu TV back in 2012! (also a project that didn’t make it to your house.)

After watching this video again I even hate my smart tv even more 😦 Why can’t I have this beautiful UI with simplicity as it keyword.





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