ZTE does not pick up the glove: "users only want Android or iOS"

ZTE doesn't want UbuntuTwo days ago you Speak of the proposal an Ubuntu fan had made to the Chinese phone maker ZTE. The fan took advantage of the ZTE Project CSX to leave there a proposal that asked them to create a phone that would use Ubuntu Phone as an operating system, but ZTE's response has not been long in coming and could not have been less hopeful for those of us who think that it is always positive that there are alternatives, especially if one of them comes to us from Canonical.

But what is the reason that ZTE has given? Well, the one that many users think and that is nothing more than a fish that bites its tail: users we prefer mobile operating systems with many applications and Ubuntu Phone is not up to par with Android or iOS. That seems to be clear. The problem with this is that as long as manufacturers do not release devices with Ubuntu Phone or other platforms, developers will not create applications for them, so it will not interest users and the loop will have no end.

It seems that there will be no ZTE with Ubuntu Phone

ZTE has released phones for many operating systems in the past. But users leave their votes in their wallets, and when they don't buy the phones, there is no point in continuing to offer support for the operating system. Some operating systems do not have enough traction for developers to create applications and people want to buy phones that have their favorite applications.

When users leave real votes, spending money, we just haven't seen traction in any operating system that doesn't have access to the Android ecosystem (I'm leaving iOS out because it's closed by Apple).

Clearly, viewed like this, it makes sense.

On the other hand, I think Canonical I would have to do something to bring that traction ZTE talks about to get to Ubuntu Touch devices. If the manufacturers do not finish deciding, perhaps it would be a good idea for Canonical to create its own devices, something like what it is doing together with BQ, but adding a name like Google's Nexus and promoting them more. I do not know. The point is that it has been 4 years since they told us about the convergence of Ubuntu and all this is still very green. Let's hope it matures over the years and that the Ubuntu ecosystem becomes a reality sooner rather than later.


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  1.   Gregory Alexander P.M. said

    simple reason applications

  2.   Isaac Morera Vargas said

    Lie ... I'm up to the top of android have too many defects and has been in the market for years, I'm waiting for something to postulate with a more solid future to happen immediately.

  3.   diego said

    And if Canonical released an application to replace the OS of any mobile with ubuntu? Even with a kind of wine that lets you install Android or Windows applications ... I would. As we do with pc. I had a pc, 11 years old and w xp, that was going to the clean point and has been installing Ubuntu and working perfectly.

  4.   Orlando nuñez said

    Android may have 100 problems, but who is going to change their OS so that they cannot use WhatsApp, Instagram and all the applications they use every day on their phones?

  5.   louis fortan said

    The ZTE thing is normal, they look at it as a company, they don't see beyond the fast and reliable business, why risk it if they can get on the bandwagon whenever they want?

    It's sad, even unfair but the only problem that Ubuntu Phone currently has in terms of apps is only one application, it is none other than WhatsApp ... (I even feel weird, since I don't use it ... XD), the rest of The apps are worth it, of course, not reaching the level of other ecosystems, but it is very early ... it is a very young ecosystem.

    What if it will succeed? ... Of course, among other things there will be different markets which will demand security and total freedom in the system, especially in terms of privacy since it is reaching worrying levels with other systems.

    The only thing that I currently attribute to this project is the issue of marketing and agreements with different companies. It should have opted for only two models with guarantees in terms of production, supply and development agreements to support the advancement of the ecosystem, having created its own small range of "Nexus" with a mid-range and a high-end phone.

    Ubuntu Phone advances ... little by little ... but it advances ... XDD