This is not a valid information, nor a rumour, but it is an educated guess.
When I read this statement in a reddit conversation with Jono Bacon, Community Manager at Canonical.
“In the shorter-term there are smaller OEMs who serve a smaller region who see great opportunity in Ubuntu, and their costs and risk are smaller for them to trial a device. This is where we will likely see the first handsets shipping.
My hope is that when one of these smaller OEMs ships and Ubuntu handset that it sells well and it sends a strong message to other OEMs too.”
I was thinking about which small OEM might be interested in producing
a handset with Ubuntu Touch preinstalled. The first small OEM that
came to my mind was Geeksphone.
Geeksphone jumped on the Firefox OS train already, and they are working
on the Blackphone together with Silent Circle. Promising technologies
or concepts, at least as far as we know in case of the Blackphone.
What might be more self-evident than coming up with an Ubuntu Phone
as a next coup for Geeksphone.
By the way I am very curious about the details that will be announced at MWC
about the Blackphone, and if Ubuntu Touch can be ported to the Blackphone,
and if any of the enhancements that were made to the Android base system
can be used by Ubuntu Touch.
After I read about the new campaign of Geeksphone, promoting
a new device with the capability of switching between Android and Firefox OS,
or any other open source mobile operating system, I was quite sure that
Geeksphone will be one of those small OEMs Jono Bacon was talking about.