Many a sleepless night has been spent by Android hackers getting Ubuntu to run natively on our Android devices. It's hard work, but fun and the end result is something super-functional as well as super-cool. The folks at Canonical, the minds behind Ubuntu, think so, too. That's why they did it the right way, and have announced Ubuntu for Android. This isn't some janky, twisted hybrid designed by the people who make your phone. We've seen that, and went away still wanting. This is software, from the people who write the software, specially tailored for our devices.
Imagine one device that goes with you all day, safely in your pocket, and when you stop for a while you can plug it in to an external display and have a full-blown desktop operating system, ready and able to be used as you would a normal desktop computer. All the things most folks do -- surf the Internet, answer and send e-mail, view, edit and share pictures -- it all can be done with a keyboard and mouse on the big screen. Nerds and geeks will take things to the extreme (we always do), but the average home PC user will have everything they need, without buying another expensive piece of electronics.
Since it's Linux and open-source, it's also a building base for any number of great projects. Use Ubuntu's vast software library to install all the programs you would need to have a home entertainment center running from your phone. Or use programs like Open Office to edit and share spreadsheets and all the other document you would need for work. As the hardware in our Android devices gets better and faster, you'll be able to do even more. One day, people will be able to use their Android phone running Ubuntu to write programs and apps for Android and Ubuntu. The possibilities are endless, limited only by what the hardware can handle.
There will be a learning curve involved, as most folks aren't very familiar with Ubuntu yet. That's where we come in. We have Linux geeks on staff who know the ins-and-outs and we're champing at the bit to get our hands on this one. We'll be there to answer questions, and to work out the bugs as they appear. Just keep an eye on Android Central and you can stay up-to-date on all things about Ubuntu for Android.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 17 Mar 2014 2:56 pm
Ubuntu is a complete Linux operating system, built and supported both by professionals and the community. It's completely free, and will run on just about any computer desktop or laptop. Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu project, are also working on bring the same experience to mobile devices like phones and tablets.
Ubuntu is trying to unify the mobile and the desktop experience
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Feb 2014 1:39 pm
More devices from other 'household names' to come in 2015
Canonical, the folks behind the Ubuntu project, has announced their initial hardware partners for the Ubuntu smartphone launch. BQ of Spain and the Chinese giant Meizu have signed on, and will both be delivering products running Ubuntu in 2014.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Dec 2013 12:37 pm
Files and instructions available to run both operating systems on your Nexus 4
If you're looking to have a little bit of Ubuntu fun on your Nexus 4 during the holiday break, Canonical has something that should interest you. They have released a method to flash your phone so that it can boot into Ubuntu from Android, and boot back to "normal" using what looks and acts like normal applications...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 2 Jun 2013 7:05 pm
The new definition of computer has caused Android and iOS to control market share, leading Mark Shuttleworth to close Bug #1 in Ubuntu's bug tracker
Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Ubuntu, has marked the very first bug on Ubuntu's LaunchPad bug tracking site as "Closed -- Fix Released". In this case, Android is a big part of the fix. As Shuttleworth explains in the final comment on bug #1...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 19 Feb 2013 11:04 am
The countdown timer on the Ubuntu website has ended, and Canonical has made Ubuntu for tablets official. With the tablet version, Ubuntu now scales across just about every screen and device you could imagine, from your smartphone all the way up to your television -- each with their own unique UI additions to make for a simple, yet elegant solution for your computing needs.
The new tablet...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 15 Feb 2013 11:59 am
Canonical today announced that the developer preview of its Ubuntu mobile operating system will be available for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 on Feb. 21.
Ubuntu, of course, is one of the more popular Linux distributions. Its move to the mobile space "marks the start of a new era for Ubuntu," Canonical said in its press release, brining one code base to mobile, tablet, desktop and TV experiences...
Posted by Richard Devine on 20 Jan 2013 9:00 am
I don't use live wallpapers traditionally. I find that too often there's a trade off in device performance and or battery life to make it worthwhile. I've made an exception to try this one out, and I'm pretty happy with it. Ubuntu Live Wallpaper tries to capture some of the feel of that great looking lockscreen on Ubuntu for Phones, in a live wallpaper for your Android device. And, while it isn'...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 8 Jan 2013 3:03 am
Here we are, finally, with our first look at the Ubuntu operating system on the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It's certainly a vast departure from Android, but it is running on Android hardware, and we're all neckbeards at heart. And hacking a new OS onto an old phone is an interesting proposition in any case.
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 2 Jan 2013 7:29 pm
And any number of hurdles still stand in Canonical's way, no matter how cool things look now
Canonical has been buzzing in our ears about Ubuntu as a mobile device operating system for a while now. We've seen them tout integrating a solution into Android for a year, and before that they had plans for their own mobile version of Ubuntu that more than a few Linux geeks were following. Today they...
Posted by Andrew Martonik on 2 Jan 2013 1:32 pm
In its infancy for quite a long time now, software maker Cononical today is taking the wraps off of the smartphone variation of its Linux operating system Ubuntu. The interface will be distinctly in the Ubuntu style, and have many features of other modern smartphone operating systems. There are edge gestures, disappearing controls, global search, voice commands and support for both native and...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 27 Oct 2012 6:02 pm
Web browsing on the Nexus 7, using Ubuntu and Firefox
I love fiddling with things. Especially electronic things. I admit, I've fooled with ARM builds of Ubuntu on Android devices, or running them in a chroot environment. I read the comments and forums, so I know I'm not the only one. The problem is, that while it's fairly easy to do, if you're not comfortable with terminal commands you just won'...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 26 Oct 2012 5:34 pm
A lot of people love the idea of having a full-blown desktop version of Ubuntu on their Android tablet, including the folks at Canonical. Today we see that they have released a semi-official installer to do just that -- install Ubuntu (a special build based on 12.10) right to your Nexus 7, as a full native install.
It's also pretty easy to do -- they provide a PPA repo for the installer an...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 7 May 2012 3:36 pm
Back in December we first had a look at CMC (CyanogenMod Compiler), and it's come a long way since. What started as a command line tool to help download, sync, and build CyanogenMod for any supported device has turned into a full-featured program, complete with a GUI and plenty of polish. With CMC you'll be able to sync with your preferred branch (Gingerbread or ICS) for any officially supported...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 27 Feb 2012 7:14 am
There's been quite a bit of buzz since the announcement of Ubuntu for Android, and there's quite a bit of buzz in Hall 7 here at Mobile World Congress. That's where Canonical is showing off just what Ubuntu can do when paired to a dual-core smartphone, and it remains every bit impressive as when we got our preview a week ago.
The basic idea is this: Your smartphone (at minimum a dual-core...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 23 Feb 2012 2:19 am
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Feb 2012 5:28 pm
You probably heard the big news about Canonical's plans to build Ubuntu for Android devices. It's something I'm extremely excited about and have been tinkering with myself since the days of the Nexus One. This latest -- and finally official -- iteration resembles (and is being compared to) something we've seen before from Motorola -- Webtop. We got to sit down and talk to the folks at Canonical...
Posted by Phil Nickinson on 21 Feb 2012 12:04 pm
This, folks, is Ubuntu on Android. An honest-to-goodness, not janky or VNC'd, full build of the Linux distro powered by an Android smartphone.
We'll let that sink in.
Canonical -- the company behind Ubuntu -- today announced that it's bringing the full Ubuntu experience to multi-core Android phones in the same way that Motorola has attempted to extend its hardware to a more traditional computing...
Posted by Jerry Hildenbrand on 22 Aug 2011 7:35 pm
It appears that a U.S. customer has gotten his hands on an HP TouchPad running Android, courtesy of Qualcomm. Details are a bit sketchy, but we can see an HP TouchPad, still in the protective film, apparently booting and running Froyo. Could this be faked? Certainly anything is possible. But in the video ( see it after the break) you can see and hear the folks holding the unit talk about the...