Wednesday, 22 February 2012

Meet Ubuntu for Android: The Next Step in Ubuntu’s Multi-Device Plan

Meet ‘Ubuntu for Android’ – a side-by-side pairing of the Android and Ubuntu OSes on a single phone, the latest part of Canonical’s ‘multi-device’ future for Ubuntu.

When in your pocket the phone is the same as it always was: an Android device. But when the connected to a monitor (by way of a nifty looking dock) it launches into a fully fledged Ubuntu desktop running the Unity interface.

Both OSes share the same kernel – so this isn’t a case of an ‘Ubuntu’ app running atop Android or vice versa. Both run at the same time on the same device. The net result of this is a super efficient workflow.

With emphasis on the super

Data and settings are consolidated and shared between the OSes; you can see and reply to SMS notifications through Ubuntu’s Messaging Menu; make and receive calls directly from the desktop; and search through your unified contacts in the Ubuntu Contacts Lens or through your Android address book.

You can even run your Android apps on the Ubuntu desktop (albeit in a special window). 

200 Million Users in 4 years

When Mark Shuttleworth set a goal for 200 million Ubuntu users by 2015 many scoffed – by that was until he began laying out Ubuntu’s multi-device plan. In many countries mobile phone sales dwarf those of PC sales -

“The desktop is the killer-app for quad-core phones in 2012” says Mark Shuttleworth. “Ubuntu for Android transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it.”

You can find out more about Ubuntu for Android on the official website 

Just don’t expect to get your paws on one of these just yet.

Much like the recently unveiled Ubuntu TV the current incarnation of the Ubuntu for Android is a prototype. Manufacturers and interested parties are being encouraged to speak to Canonical if wanting to take advantage/learn more about the technology.

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