BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition becomes the Second Ubuntu Phone

After the successful release of BQ Aquaris E4.5, the first Ubuntu Phone release, BQ Aquaris E5 launched as Second Ubuntu Phone. BQ Aquaris E5, is now available in Europe for 200 Euro.

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Four months after Ubuntu first offered an alternative to iPhone or Android, the second Ubuntu-powered mobile device is here. The BQ Aquaris E5 Ubuntu Edition is available in Europe and costs €200.

The E5 Ubuntu Edition is a version of BQ's Android-powered E5, with Ubuntu software for mobile devices running the show instead of Android. Ubuntu is a long-established operating system beloved of developers and tinkerers looking for an alternative to Windows or Mac OS X for their computer, but it isn't widely used among everyday folks.

Canonical, the British company behind Ubuntu, is expanding the operating system's reach so it works in other devices as well as PCs, including phones and tablets and even drones. We first tried Ubuntu for mobile devices back in 2013, and since then Canonical has partnered with manufacturers BQ in Spain and Meizu in China. The first Ubuntu Edition phone to be available to the public was the E4.5 in February, sold in a series of time-limited "flash sales".

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