A range of smartphones with Canonical's Ubuntu operating system on board will be shipped early October, according to new reports.
In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, founder and CEO of Canonical Ltd Mark Shuttleworth revealed that the company will start shipments from October 2013.
The smartphones, reported to be unveiled for the "two large geographic markets in October," will be available to developers from February 2013. It is not yet revealed as to which markets will receive the Ubuntu based-smartphones and which devices will integrate the operating system.
The Journal also noted that developers will receive the operating system on Samsung's Galaxy Nexus.
"Application developers will have access to the smaartphone operating system, which is optimized for the Galaxy Nexus handset manufactured by Samsung Electronics Co., in late February," it reported.
The current year had seen the launch of several new operating systems, the latest being BlackBerry 10 OS in January. Mozilla Foundation made its first venture into the smartphone market with two Firefox OS-based devices, Keon and Peak
According to CNET, the operating system will also be used in entry-level smartphones.
Another technology website Pocket-lint reported, "The "entry level" Ubuntu device is expected to run a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, 512MB - 1GB of RAM, 4-8GB eMMC + SD, and a multi-touch display. The high-end Ubuntu "superphone" calls for a Quad-core A9 or Intel Atom processor, 1GB of RAM minimum, multitouch, and desktop convergence."