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Coming: More Open Source Phones Than You Can Shake a Stick At

All the way back in 2010, I wrote a post called "Is It Too Late for an Open Source Challenge to Android?" The thrust of the post was that Google’s open source mobile operating system had achieved enormous success in a very short amount of time, and that the smartphone market was growing so rapidly that there might be room for another mobile operating system based on an open source platform. With 2013 just beginning, we’re about to see an onslaught of phones positioned around this concept, including Ubuntu phones, Mozilla phones and Tizen Linux phones. Canonical grabbed headlines last week with its discussion of plans for Ubuntu for Phones. There are already some good posts going up on what to expect from these phones.  “We expect Ubuntu to be popular in the enterprise market, enabling customers to provision a single secure device for all PC, thin client and phone functions. Ubuntu is already the most widely used Linux enterprise desktop, with customers in a wide range of sectors focused on security, cost and manageability” said Canonical CEO Jane Silber, in a statement. “We also see an opportunity in basic smartphones that are used for the phone,

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