TAIPEI: The next 12 months will see a number of smartphone handsets that can morph into traditional big-screen computing devices, according to open source firm Canonical.
Chris Kenyon, head of OEM services at the Ubuntu developer, told V3.co.uk that Canonical is working with several handset manufacturers to put Ubuntu on the devices, arguing that Android does not currently cope well with large-screen computing.
Canonical has already put a version of Ubuntu on the Motorola Atrix, a dual-core handset which features a 'lapdock' that can turn the smartphone into a Linux-based laptop.
"Converged devices are fundamentally feasible. The Atrix is the start of a whole class of devices. All smartphones in a year will have the ability to morph into different modes," said Kenyon.
"Very quickly they're becoming our primary computing devices. But Android is a phone OS, and there are a whole set of things it doesn't do well on a large screen."
Canonical also used Computex 2011 to announce support for three more Asus Eee PC models.
Asus gave a shot in the arm to Linux developers on Monday when it announced that its Eee PC X101 would be offered in a MeeGo version as well as Windows.
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