Ubuntu For Android Detailed In Brazilian Video

Canonical has shown us Ubuntu demos in the past, and now a new video has surfaced showing just how it transforms your phone into a full Ubuntu desktop. The video is in Portuguese since it took place at the International Free Software Forum in Brazil, but you can still get a lot out of what is shown.

Ubuntu runs in parallel to Android and kicks in when the phone gets docked to a monitor or TV. This is not an emulated instance, but rather a full, native Ubuntu environment that has access to all the phone’s data and features. This means that both Android and Ubuntu can share notifications, images, cameras, and much more. If a call comes in while docked, you can simply pick up the phone, take the call, and never miss a beat. Re-docking it switches back to the Ubuntu desktop right where you left off.

The biggest hurdle with this technology, however, is that the Ubuntu instance needs access to the phone’s drivers… a domain that is typically proprietary to the manufacturer. That means that Canonical will have to get the manufacturers to play ball if we’ll ever get to see this become widely available. Seems to me like partnerships could happen if manufacturers want to quickly add a WebTop-like (but  better) feature to their devices.

Check out the video after the break.

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source: unixmen
via:  droid life

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  • RTWright

    Honestly, I don’t see why Android wouldn’t be the better choice. It’s far easier to get drivers for PC’s than it is every different device on the market. It would be much more practical to just use Android as the OS and not a brand of Linux. Which to be honest here, isn’t that far off from reality. Since pretty much all hardware on PC’s ( At least the major brands ), have drivers for Linux. It would be far easier to pull this off than this.

    Not to mention, how familiar people are with Android over any version of Linux. There are far more that would be up and running in no time flat than it would for those going through a Linux box. Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Linux, Ubuntu has done leaps and bounds for being a distribution of ease of use. Just with how things are going, I can easily see Android as a desktop OS and quite successful at it as well. It already has far more support from software developers than any version of Linux has had.