It was pretty much a surprise for TechNode to discover that most of the smartphones which Meizu demoed at this year’s MWC are powered by the Ubuntu OS rather than the company’s homegrown OS FLyme, including its flagship MX4, powered by Flyme in its domestic iterations.

Spanish smartphone manufacturer BQ was the first phone maker to cooperate with Ubuntu. As a mid- and low-end brand, BQ’s designs and features are not impressive enough to tempt current users to adapt to the system. The addition of Meizu into the ecosystem may fuel users’ expectations for the OS.

This year’s MWC was the first time for the two companies to showcase Meizu Phones preloaded with Ubuntu. TechNode got a chance to talk with Angela, the company’s director of international communications, about their global expansion plan.

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Emma Lee

Emma Lee is Shanghai-based tech writer, covering startups and tech happenings in China and Asia in general. We are looking for stories related to tech and China. Reach her at lixin@technode.com.