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Thursday, 28 February 2013

Ubuntu for Android

Yes, you heard it right the Next Big Thing on android phones is Ubuntu for Android. It is the next upcoming free and open source variant of Ubuntu designed to run on Android phones



You may see several pre-loaded on phones in near future. Ubuntu for Android was shown at Mobile World Congress 2012 for the first time.



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Here are some features of Ubuntu for Android.



We know that Android and Ubuntu share the same kernel i.e. (Linux), from this it is possible to run both Ubuntu and Android at the same time on a device and that is without any emulation or virtualization. The Ubuntu OS boots and run concurrently with Android which allows both mobile and desktop functionalities to co-exist in different run times.

If the device is connected to a desktop monitor,

it features a standard Ubuntu Desktop Interface, i.e. (Unity)And when the device is connected to a TV, it starts with Ubuntu TV experience.

It has the ability to run standard Ubuntu desktop applications like Firefox, VLC, etc.

Android applications can be run on Ubuntu Desktop

Make and receive Calls and SMS’s directly from Desktop



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System Requirements for Ubuntu for Android



According to Canonical a phone needs the following requirements:


  • Dual-core 1 GHz CPU

  • Video acceleration: shared kernel driver with associated X driver; OpenGLES/EGL

  • Storage: 2 GB for OS disk image

  • HDMI: video-out with secondary frame buffer device

  • USB host mode

  • 512 MB RAM



Ubuntu for phones



Mark Shuttleworth the founder of Canonical Ltd, unveiled the concept for the new upcoming Operating System on 2nd January 2013 in a conference held in London, which will be hopefully released by the end of this year.

The device(s) on which it will be released will deliver a personalized, full screen-to-screen experience – with a ‘welcome screen, not a lock screen. Thereafter, a concept for one phone with Ubuntu for Phones was published on Ubuntu’s official channel on YouTube, in which it is shown as a simplistic, rounded bar-type smartphone, with no buttons on the front, unlike what is usually seen on most smartphones.

Full information about the phone and Ubuntu for Android is currently available in Ubuntu’s official page for the product. A demonstration of the Ubuntu for Android is shown in this year’s CES, 8–11 January 2013

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