EE has thrown its weight behind the Ubuntu operating system, joining a coalition of operators that will discuss the development of the software.
The UK's biggest operator joins Deutsche Telekom, Korea Telecom, Telecom Italia, LG UPlus, Portugal Telecom and SK Telecom. Its decision to join suggests EE could be a launch partner when the first Ubuntu handsets hit the market later this year.
The carrier advisory group will meet regularly to discuss standards, ecosystems, the ability to port apps from Android and BlackBerry and revenue share models for publishers, operators and manufacturers.
Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, who is developing the OS, said: 'While Ubuntu has gained tremendous traction in both cloud and PC environments, we recognise the complex dynamics of the mobile market and so the CAG allows us to draw on the insights and support of such a thoughtful and experienced group of industry partners. We aim to deliver a platform that delights everyone who touches it and meets industry requirements of quality, security, manageability and differentiation.'
Author: Graeme Neill