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Ubuntu coming to an Android phone near you at MWC

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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.

Ubuntu coming to an Android phone near you at MWC

source: Canonical via Android Central

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posted on 21 Feb 2012, 12:23 36

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.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:38 6

6. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 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:)

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 14:25 13

10. ilia1986 (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 15:04 13

11. taz89 (Posts: 2014; Member since: 03 May 2011)

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

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 01:01 4

23. PhoneLuver (Posts: 481; Member since: 05 Jul 2010)

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


posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:47 1

7. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 16:46 6

13. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 18:06 2

14. SleepingOz (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 21:00 1

19. Cwebb (Posts: 501; Member since: 05 Oct 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 18:56 1

15. mozes316 (Posts: 142; Member since: 30 Sep 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 19:01 1

16. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1737; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)

that's why he got all the thumbs up haha

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 23:34 3

22. ilia1986 (unregistered)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 12:32 3

2. squallz506 (banned) (Posts: 1075; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

im excited!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 12:42 3

3. GALAXY-S (Posts: 701; Member since: 07 Jun 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!!

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:22 3

4. Bluesky02 (Posts: 1439; Member since: 05 Dec 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:29 3

5. SlimSoulja86 (Posts: 660; Member since: 03 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 13:50 2

8. quakan (Posts: 1396; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 14:05 1

9. Leo_MC (Posts: 2512; Member since: 02 Dec 2011)

Maybe remove Unity?

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 16:38

12. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 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.

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 19:57 4

17. gkquiambao (Posts: 62; Member since: 23 Nov 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 20:22 3

18. k1ng617 (Posts: 264; Member since: 13 Oct 2009)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 21:28 1

20. nastynaps (Posts: 93; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)

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

posted on 21 Feb 2012, 22:19 1

21. Shubham412302 (Posts: 450; Member since: 09 Nov 2011)

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

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