The New ‘Ubuntu-Android’ Experience

In the world of Linux, Ubuntu is a well known and highly adopted flavour of the Linux operating system and needs almost no formal introduction.  Ubuntu is one of the most friendly Linux distributions out there that makes long standing Windows user fall in love with Linux. Ubuntu has also introduced radical changes to the way Linux is been presented to the common non-technical folks. It ensures that the change from Windows is as minimal as possible by mimicking so many windows features.

Canonical, the company behind the development of Ubuntu OS, has recently announced  that it is bringing the full Ubuntu experience on dual core Android phones in the same way that Motorola has attempted to extend its hardware to a more traditional computing experience with Webtop. This is becoming interesting as you will now be able to connect your phone to a keyboard and display. This will then give you full control over a proper Ubuntu experience, all powered by the phone. Because your Android smartphone is already running a Linux kernel, the marriage between your phone and Ubuntu is darn near seamless. The Ubuntu build actually shares the kernel from your phone and boots in parallel.

Hardware requirements for this experience include a dual-core smartphone with at least a 1GHz processor and 512MB of RAM. You’ll need 2GB of free storage , USB host mode and HDMI out (MHL adapters will work), plus video acceleration. Older phones are not supported.  To get this experience, simply dock the phone, and Ubuntu Unity fires up. Photos and videos are instantly available in the desktop experience.You’ve also got a full Chromium, Thunderbird apps, VLC and the Ubuntu Music Player.

But the real power is in the ability to launch your Android apps within that desktop experience. Same goes for contacts. Or your network settings. Or your notifications. It’s Android within an Ubuntu experience. And it’s pretty slick.

Full details of this wonderful experience will be made available in the upcoming Mobile World Congress.


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