According to ZTE, Buyers Don’t Want Non-Android Devices
So many things can occur with a single day. National sporting teams can go from “other runners” to gold medal winners; teen idols can drive away their entire fanbase, and optimistic crowd-sourced ideas can get blatantly rejected.
Such is the case with the optimistic punt at persuading Chinese smartphone vendor ZTE to make an Ubuntu phone as the person who filed the proposal got in touch to say that ZTE has rejected it.
A Similar Idea
A similar idea, one reflecting on the possibility of ZTE’s crowd-sourced device supporting multiple OSes has since appeared.
But don’t get too excited just yet. Read the excerpt (paraphrased) from a ZTE employee in response to the new proposal:
ZTE has built phones for many operating systems in the past. But users cast their votes with their wallets, and when they don’t buy the phones, it doesn’t make sense to continue support for the OS. Some of the operating systems can’t get enough traction with developers to build apps, and people want to buy phones that have their favorite apps.
Still, though, the same employee did admit that he couldn’t rule the submission out and it has since been moved into the section where all users (ad potential users) can vote on it.
…But he gave his own two cents regarding the issue when he said,
I fear that this is one that we already have the answer to. When users are casting real votes, by spending money, we just haven’t seen the traction for any operating system that does not have access to the app ecosystem from Android (I’m ruling out iOS since it’s closed to Apple).
It seems things concerning the Ubuntu phone project are getting a bit difficult – stick to Ubuntu Next to get updates on the matter.