Canonical may have released the Ubuntu Touch preview last week, but its initial release was only meant for Nexus devices— which certainly caused a more than a few frowns out there. Well cheer up as the developer has announced that it plans on adding support for additional devices out there. Among the devices that have a somewhat functional build working are the Samsung Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II smartphones, ASUS Transformer Pad 300 and the Sony Xperia T smartphone. Canonical also confirmed that additional devices such as the Motorola XOOM Wifi, Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One X and One X+ will also be get a functional build as well.
Of course it may be slightly difficult trying to flash Ubuntu Touch on your respective device, but if you’re feeling a little lucky—- you can check out more details and the different images at the source link below.
A couple of days ago Canonical announced Ubuntu for Tablets with a promise to release a developer preview on February 21st and the developer has delivered on the promise as the developer preview is now ready to be downloaded. Canonical says that the developer preview is intended for development and evaluation purposes and those who flash the images to their Nexus devices shouldn’t expect all of the bugs to be out nor all the bells and whistles of the retail version to be present. You can download the image for your device and find the instructions for how to flash the software to your device at the source links below. Let us know in the comments if you’ve flashed Ubuntu for your Nexus device and what your experience has been like so far.
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As the clock winds down to the start of CES 2013, Canonical announces their latest endeavor – bringing their popular Ubuntu operating system to the smartphone platform. Canonical hopes to entice potential users with features like:
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.
For those of you who are curious about this weeks Ubuntu announcement from Canonical, they recently sent us a video demonstration to better help answer all of your questions. Not only does Ubuntu allow you to seamlessly dock to your Android device to your TV or desktop display, it even allows you to make and receive calls and text messages.
You can pretty much access your device in almost any capacity when linked through Ubuntu. You can access full screen pictures and video, your contacts, any and all applications, Wi-Fi and network settings, and even movies you’ve rented from the Android Market. On top of that, Ubuntu includes it’s own native apps for you to enjoy. To see this awesome program at work, check out the video below.
Well this is a great day folks. Canonical, the maker of Ubuntu, has announced today that it is bringing a full Ubuntu OS experience to Android. Much like Motorola and their Webtop experience and possibly like Jellybean down the road, it pushes the hardware of multi-core Android devices to provide a more traditional computer-like experience. Like Webtop you connect your device to an external keyboard and display. Afterwards you’ll have full control of Ubuntu all powered by your device. Given that Android devices are already running a Linux kernel this merging of Ubuntu goes without a hitch as it boots in tandem and runs on the same kernel.
With the experience you’ve got full Chromium, VLC, Thunderbird and the Ubuntu Music Player apps. But it doesn’t stop there folks. With it you can also launch your Android apps in full desktop glory. Contacts are visible too, along with network settings and device notifications. Heck, you can even send MMS messages right from the desktop. However for the seamless experience to work you will need to be running a dual-core device with at least 1GHz processing speeds and at least 512MB of RAM. 2GB of storage space, USB host mode, HDMI out or MHL adapters, and video acceleration are a must as well. So it’s easy to say that this is for the newer devices on the market and older phones should just stay home.
While we have yet to play with this we should see it make a showing at MWC next week. I don’t know about you guys but I am pretty excited at seeing the full Ubuntu experience come to Android. Add the ability to run both Android and Ubuntu apps and you’ve got it made. If you’re wanting more information on this exciting news hit the break below to read the press release or you can check out the main web site here. Enjoy!