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Is Ubuntu for Android launching on January 2nd?

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Is Ubuntu for Android launching on January 2nd?
Canonical has announced that an "all-new Ubuntu product" will be released on January 2nd, which is just a couple days away, but there has been no word on what the product will be. Of course, we can make an educated guess based on the known products in development, and since Ubuntu is all open-source, it's kind of hard for there to be a complete surprise release. Our best guess is that this could be the release of Ubuntu for Android

It is possible that it could be an announcement of an Ubuntu phone or tablet, but that seems highly unlikely given that work has just started on optimizing Ubuntu for mobile devices, and Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said specifically that the OS wouldn't be ready for use on phones or tablets until 2014. Given all that, it seems far more likely that this will be the official release party for Ubuntu for Android, which is something of a stop-gap product until the OS is fully mobile ready. 

We've seen Ubuntu for Android demoed before and it looks pretty amazing. The basic idea is that your phone or tablet runs Android as usual, but when docked, it will switch to a full Ubuntu instance shown on an external monitor, and it will bring over whatever you're doing in Android from continuing the same music, to opening the same browser tabs. 

We'll find out soon enough, but we're keeping our fingers crossed for Ubuntu for Android (and that it will support the newest Nexus devices).

source: Ubuntu via OMGUbuntu

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posted on 31 Dec 2012, 16:29 3

1. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)


I haven't used it yet but when I get the charging dock, this will be the first thing I do since I run Ubuntu.

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 16:41 8

2. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2693; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Same here. I'm really interested in setting up a dock with my TV. I'd love to be able to dock my Nexus 4, then use my Nexus 7 to control Ubuntu on my TV

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 17:28 2

3. jstahl (Posts: 79; Member since: 03 Sep 2012)


ubuntu hahahahahahahahahaha

posted on 31 Dec 2012, 22:15 1

4. shuaibhere (Posts: 1675; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Why only nexus???

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 11:15 1

5. Synack (Posts: 669; Member since: 05 Jul 2011)


Because that is the only worthy Android device worth buying. #trollstatement :)

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 13:30

6. simplyj (Posts: 404; Member since: 23 Dec 2009)


It's not trolling when it's true.

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 20:31

8. johnnh (Posts: 37; Member since: 18 Dec 2012)


So droid razr maxx hd by motorola, samsung galaxy note 2, samsung galaxy s3, htc one x+ and droid dna by htc are not worth buying? I prefer motorola nowadays for a close to stock look and feel all around, but these devices are hot sellers and they aren't nexus

posted on 01 Jan 2013, 16:17

7. kdealltheway (Posts: 94; Member since: 21 Oct 2012)


Maybe google can learn from this and make their own android/chromeOS combination based on this kind of setup.

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