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Ubuntu for Android shows us the future of computing

0. phoneArena posted on 22 Feb 2012, 09:15

Did everyone see the news yesterday? It would have been easy enough to skip over the story, but Ubuntu announced its idea for putting Linux on mobile devices (and we're talking proper Linux, not just Android). With iOS...

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posted on 22 Feb 2012, 09:50 1

1. antmiu2 (Posts: 384; Member since: 19 Jun 2011)

this concept would be so much win for my atrix + lapdock

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:54 2

8. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

And best of all, it looks like you're the first to get this since Canonical used an ATRIX as the demo model.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 16:27

16. ledbetterp3 (Posts: 467; Member since: 31 Aug 2011)

Hmm... Maybe the ATRIX 2 will be next?

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 09:51 5

2. jmoita2 (Posts: 930; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)

Watch out...Here come the Apple lawyers!!!

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:51 10

5. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Don't be that guy.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:26 2

3. Arpad (Posts: 40; Member since: 05 Jan 2012)

Yet another well written and educational article by Michael H.


posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:51

6. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:45 7

4. cybervlad81 (Posts: 89; Member since: 04 Apr 2011)

Phone arena needs more writers like Michael H. I have enjoyed reading every one of your articles of late, Thanks PhoneArena and Micheal for these great articles.
I am really looking forward to the MWC coverage on this.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:53 1

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

Thanks! I'm pretty pumped to see what comes out of MWC too.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 10:58

9. TechDroid (Posts: 37; Member since: 14 Jun 2011)

Great article, although there are some points I would like to point out.
1. I am not sure whether or not the problem of user adoption rate you mention is going to be such a big one compared to normal desktop Linux, since this product is mainly aimed towards business users, but of course, I might be wrong :)
2. You say that 1-2% is a small number, but when you think about the number of people using computers today, I think there are quite a few million people using Linux, and that is not a very small number.

Again, great article with lots of insight. Only time will tell if you are right :)

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 11:36

10. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2720; Member since: 26 May 2011)

1) This product may start life aimed at business, but it will very quickly move into the consumer space.

2) 1-2% is a very small number, especially considering that 1-2% is not a unified whole, as I mentioned. That makes up a few million Linux boxes out there, but how many are Fedora or Ubuntu or OpenSUSE? Each may have all the apps you want, but many are different in operation and don't have any unification beyond the Linux kernel.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 11:39

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

Interesting article to read. It is amazing to see how powerful mobile phones are becoming. Feature phones turning into smartphones.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 12:04 5

12. remixfa (Posts: 14605; Member since: 19 Dec 2008)

its a neat premise, but without them actually joining forces with google and bringing real adoption across the "dual" platform, I dont see this is a successful venture. Of course, since one of my biggest complaints about tablets is about the lack of true PC functionality, having them do a true dual venture would be neat. It seems like it would be near identical to the way that MS is proposing WP8 desktop mode.
If Canonical and Google work together to find a compatible middle ground, it could be a viable alternative to what is essentially going to be the only "PC" experience on the tablet space, WP8.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 12:14 1

13. Jericho (unregistered)

Awesome article!
Like i said in my last weeks comments go goobuntu.
My personal favorite desktop os ubuntu comes to my personal prefered mobile os android.

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 15:19 2

14. darac (Posts: 2156; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)

This is the best possible solution for the future.
Can't wait to have a fully capable computer in my pocket.
If google knows anything, they must embrace this and give it full support!

posted on 22 Feb 2012, 16:06

15. 14545 (Posts: 1676; Member since: 22 Nov 2011)

I hope they do, cause this would be awesome if it comes along and is easy enough for the average user to install/use. That's where this will win or lose support. K.I.S.S. google. You make it simple to use/install/start and you would have the chance for mass adoption. And it would truly set them apart from Apple. That, and I hate W8.

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