Ubuntu is slowly making its way toward consumers' smartphones, and it looks like Verizon has taken an interest. The telecom giant has become a member of the Ubuntu Carrier Advisory Group, a number of companies partnering with the open-source operating system's developer, Canonical, to give feedback on the software. Members are also given the chance to be one of Ubuntu's mobile launch partners — though that doesn't mean that Verizon will necessarily be one when the platform launches next year.

Verizon isn't the only big name partner on board to help out Canonical: T-Mobile's parent, Deutsche Telekom, is among the group, as is China Unicom and seven others. However, Ubuntu itself still has a little ways to go. The operating system finally landed in developers' hands back in February, but our early looks at it weren't as thrilling as Canonical might have hoped. Canonical is still aiming to reach consumers early next year, and it at least looks like the developer will have some carriers to speak with about supporting its new OS.