Ubuntu for Android demoed in Brazil

Ubuntu for Android demoed in Brazil
Ubuntu for Android is a project that we're pretty excited for. We've talked before about how this sort of synergy seems to be the logical next step for mobile devices, and we've eagerly been waiting to see how it all works. Well, the platform was just demoed at the Fórum Internacional Software Livre (FISL) 13 event held in Porto Alegre, Brazil last week, and we've got the video.

As you can see in the video, work is coming along quite nicely. The demo was done on a Motorola ATRIX 2, and it walks through some pretty interesting features. When the phone is docked, it comes up on the monitor like a normal instance of Ubuntu, complete with the Unity interface, although on the launcher you'll notice a couple of new items. From the launcher, it looks as though you can pin phone apps, but the dialer is automatically there, as is an option to run Android from your phone in a window on screen. There is complete access to the camera as well. 

As far as Ubuntu, everything looks like it runs well. It takes about 10 seconds to resume the system to exactly where you were if you take the phone off the dock and put it back. And, the demo shows off Libre Office running nicely, as well as a terminal window open at all times (because that's all Linux users care about, right?)

Overall, it's an impressive display, but we'd really like to see it working on a device that doesn't come out of the box with the docking capabilities of the ATRIX 2. 

Also, as you'll notice pretty quickly, the video is all in Portuguese, but we would recommend jumping to YouTube to watch the video and turn on the automatic translation captions on the video. They aren't helpful at all, but they are pretty funny for just how terrible they are. There aren't a lot of captions, but when they do pop up, they are pretty funny. Our favorite was the translation, "I think she's a statistic."

source: Ubuntero Brazil via OMGUbuntu

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8 Comments

1. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

The best part of article: "Also, as you'll notice pretty quickly, the video is all in Portuguese, but we would recommend jumping to YouTube to watch the video and turn on the automatic translation captions on the video. They aren't helpful at all, but they are pretty funny for just how terrible they are. There aren't a lot of captions, but when they do pop up, they are pretty funny. Our favorite was the translation, "I think she's a statistic."" :D

2. ndidaaaa

Posts: 7; Member since: Aug 02, 2012

sometimes it feels good to be a polyglot

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

If i knew 3 languages + programing languages, I'm polygloth ? :D

4. techsavvy.jaz

Posts: 163; Member since: Feb 07, 2012

Actually its Atrix 2, and with gingerbread on board it is supposed to run ubuntu with firefox browser when connected to lapdock at least. So not that much of a news but hey its pretty slick!

5. 305Bucko

Posts: 506; Member since: Aug 07, 2011

I love ubuntu and all... but umm why not remote desktop? just sayin, im pretty sure if you are into linux, chances are youre a nerd and have better machine to run it at home, than an Atrix. and if your gonna tell me its good for portability, any cheap tablet or phone can remote desktop to your server. Luggin a dock, and flatpanel tv is not my idea of portability/practicality. jus sayin

7. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"... chances are youre a nerd and have better machine to run it at home..." Nerd will run it on Atrix, geek will run it on better machine.

6. Bluesky02

Posts: 1439; Member since: Dec 05, 2011

Subtitle please....

8. pedrogbarros

Posts: 1; Member since: Aug 03, 2012

dont worry, im brazilian " this is an gadget with android, which can also works with ubuntu. this is not an emulation, this is the whole ubuntu running in an android device. This is the atrix 2, a standard smartphone, but when you put it in a dock, you'll have the ubuntu's desktop, customized, of course. for example, when you open an aplication like libre office, it'll run in the cellphone. And this is the whole ubuntu, and one thing very interesting is that the andoid OS its running at the same time as ubuntu, when you recieve a SMS, you can see it by the desktop, and you also can make a big phone, like the camera. its connected in the wifi, when you´re doing something and suddenly the phone starts to ring, you can take it from the dock and accept the call, and just put it back to have the ubuntu. The phone must have a dual-core, and 1 gb of ram (some conversation about the motorola's lapdock) so he talks about instalation, and drivers access

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