Ubuntu coming to an Android phone near you at MWC

Ubuntu coming to an Android phone near you at MWC
When Motorola announced its first Webtop phone last year (that was the Atrix 4G, for those of you with short memories), the concept of using a smartphone to power a laptop or desktop computing experience took a big step from hypothetical to actual consumer product. The execution of Webtop, unfortunately, didn’t live up to the promise, and lapdock accessories were generally panned for their price and limited utility.

That doesn’t mean the idea is bad though, and we recently showed you how Android 4.0’s improved support of peripherals allows stock Ice Cream Sandwich to provide a surprisingly good desktop computing experience. Canonical is now targeting the dual-computing market head on, and their Ubuntu for Android appears to take phone-driven desktop computing to a whole new level.

Canonical has adopted Ubuntu to run on the same Linux Kernel as Android, meaning that the integration is seamless, and Ubuntu can boot in parallel with Android. So when you dock an Android phone Ubuntu fires right up. And it offers the full range of apps that run on Ubuntu’s desktop install, while also allowing you full access to your Android apps and data from within the Ubuntu desktop. No need for separate networking settings, contacts lists, or another copy of Angry Birds.

While not everyone wants to be able to drive a desktop or laptop computing experience from their smartphone, it seems like there should be a large number of road warriors and other professionals that travel frequently who would be very keen on just such a solution. You could edit Google Docs on your phone while traveling, and when you get to your hotel room, or field site, you dock your phone and complete your report with a mouse and keyboard.

Canonical will be showing off their platform in depth at MWC, but a great many details are already available at their website (check the source link below). Canonical believes that the Ubuntu for Android experience may be one of the key features on high end handsets in the second half of 2012, and they specially refer to it as the “justification” for ever more powerful multi-core handsets.

What do you guys think? Anyone interest in an Android handset that also powers Ubuntu when you dock it? Sound off in the comments below.

source: Canonical via Android Central



1. ilia1986 unregistered

Awesome! This is so true! In every phone, there is a PC trying to get out. Did you hear that Apple? A PC. Not an iDevice with a stripped down operating system.

6. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

illa did you not use to like apple products....am sure a loooooong time ago there was an illa who use to defend apple a lot lol sorry if I am mistaken:)

10. ilia1986 unregistered

You are correct. But that was before WWDC 2011. I believed in Apple. But I was wrong.

11. taz89

Posts: 2014; Member since: May 03, 2011

lol thought so...thought I was crazy for a second....guess it shows an apple user can be converted into a android user.

23. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Taco and the Miz are next! What is the world coming to? lol

7. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

Apple doesn't need that. Mountain lion will be a mix of iOS and OS X. Oh by the way, do you hear Apple, "What!? Can't hear you! After we're done swimming in our money we'll get back to you." p.s.- I was going to thumb you up, until you went on a mini "I hate Apple" rant.

13. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I was going to thumb you up, but I took an Arrow to the knee. Now I thumbed you down because your supporting Apple taking money from sheeps

14. SleepingOz unregistered

hahahaha nice one! You forgot to mention, a waterproof Arrow!

19. Cwebb

Posts: 501; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

Thats what I was implying, good thing someone get that super inside joke

15. mozes316

Posts: 144; Member since: Sep 30, 2011

With 22 thumbs up, I don't think he cares. lol

16. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1777; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

that's why he got all the thumbs up haha

22. ilia1986 unregistered

I didn't know that lions were new breeds of cows now.. Damn genetic engineering.

2. squallz506

Posts: 1075; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

im excited!


Posts: 701; Member since: Jun 07, 2011

ive been waiting for ubuntu to be on phones ! i loved ubunto in my pc and will be just as great on phones!!! i can imagine ubuntu on SAmsung galaxy s3 ....... drrooooooll!!

4. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

That's a trully amazing news, Linux is revolutionizing the world! Looking forward to Linux Mint and Windows Phone 8.

5. SlimSoulja86

Posts: 660; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

The Spirit of Ubuntu. "Motho ke motho ka batho"

8. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

I'll be waiting to see this in action, seems like it will be cool.

12. darac

Posts: 2156; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Well I've seen this long coming and I think it's wonderful in so many ways. Btw I have to.. ugh.. defend apple here. They actually went far in the road of merging Mac and IOS.. if not iPad 3, iPad 4 will for sure offer full Mac capabilities. And with the airplay, you can fully mirror IOS to Mac already.

17. gkquiambao

Posts: 62; Member since: Nov 23, 2011

To prepare myself for this, I am now considering to migrate from windows 7 to Ubuntu.

18. k1ng617

Posts: 270; Member since: Oct 13, 2009

Awesome! So now all I have to do is carry around that 24in monitor =)

20. nastynaps

Posts: 93; Member since: Aug 16, 2011

I'm thinking somehow this would revolutionize the mod community too, at least the process.

21. Shubham412302

Posts: 581; Member since: Nov 09, 2011

n900 is able to dual boot with linux hence can with ubuntu

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