Two 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.