A new smartphone operating system will be showcased at CES 2013, as well as a television upgrade kit for Samsung TVs.
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Ubuntu OS coming to smartphones
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Ready for another smartphone operating system? Ubuntu, which is an open-sourced operating system for PCs and TVs, is launching an operating system for smartphones. This isn't something you'd see in stores anytime soon, but it will be on display at the Consumer Electronics Show next week in Las Vegas.
Also at CES, we'll learn more about the Smart Evolution Kit for Samsung TVs. Last year, Samsung said it was working on a device that users would attach to their TVs to give it a system upgrade. We'll learn more about this product on Monday at the show. You can follow all our CES coverage at ces.cnet.com.
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