I do remember one of my friend asking me for a solution that allows him to switch between his phone and PC or Laptop side by side and he should be able to work with complete synchronization including browser history, bookmarks and so on. This was a very valid question, and kept me thinking for a while and then I gave him some workarounds- some apps but I was not very convinced with the answer and today when I heard this news from Ubuntu, I was like – Let me just call him and share this with him too. So fellas, the good news here is Ubuntu has came up with a channel to enhance the growing popularity of Android and adding PC features to it. Ubuntu developers have merged the users’ experience with both platforms and joined together the Ubuntu architecture with Android.
The result,as they call it “Ubuntu for Android” provides two operating systems working together, that allows smartphone users to fully enjoy the functionality of mobile OS and get extra PC features that many users used to miss. Ubuntu for Android provides a full desktop experience, including office software, web browsing, email and media applications, on Android phones docked to a screen and keyboard. Thanks to tight integration with the Android service layer, the transition between the two environments is seamless, making it easy to access the phone’s services from the desktop when docked.
So how this benefits you?
- Complete desktop solution for full productivity on docked Android phones
- Easy to integrate with existing Android phones in development
- Certified apps for business users from Adobe, Citrix, VMWare and more
- Drives sales of multi-core phones with faster CPUs, more cores, more RAM and high-end graphics
- Drive adoption of 4G handsets since office apps shine with low latency and higher bandwidth
- Canonical leads in ARM Linux support, co-creator of Linaro with ARM
- Ubuntu and Android share the same kernel, running at the same time, accessing data and applications
- The world’s favourite free desktop fully integrated with the world’s favourite open phone
Default Applications that you will get
- Chromium web browser
- Google Calendar
- Google Docs
- Thunderbird email client
- VLC Player
- Ubuntu Music Player
- Ubuntu Photo Gallery
- Android dialler and few more
There are some limitations too, and here are they-
- Dual-core 1GHz CPU
- Video acceleration: shared kernel driver with associated X driver; Open GL, ES/EGL
- Storage: 2GB for OS disk image
- HDMI: video out with secondary frame buffer device
- USB host mode
- 512 MB RAM
Why add anything to Android?
Android is a mobile solution, designed for a touch interface on a handheld device. On the desktop, where users expect a pointer-driven experience, a PC operating system is essential. Several vendors have tried to bring Android-based desktops or laptops to market, with no success; Android was designed for touch only, and has its hands full winning the tablet wars.
A complete desktop solution needs a full range of desktop applications. While a mobile OS carries no deep desktop software catalogue, Ubuntu offers thousands of applications, all designed for the desktop and most, like Ubuntu, free. And Ubuntu is certified by governments, industry and enterprises, widely deployed on the desktop, and supported by leading management solutions.
Ubuntu for Android is a complete desktop with a full range of desktop applications including office, web browsing, email, media and messaging. Personal information like contacts, calendars, photo galleries and music can be accessed from both the phone and the desktop interface. SMS texts arrive on your desktop if you are docked when they show up, and calls are handled like VoIP if you want to stay working while you chat. Ubuntu for Android brings the desktop world together with the phone world, seamlessly.
This whole initiative is backed by Canonical, which is the commercial entity behind Ubuntu.