Ubuntu, one of the most popular versions of the open-source Linux operating system is now made available for Android phones by Canonical, the force behind Ubuntu. The main objective for making Ubuntu available for Android devices is to turn a mobile phone into a computing hub when connected with a keyboard and a monitor. Some of the previous attempts at turning mobile phones into computers using laptop docks like the Motorola Atrix were not so successful due to software limitations. Ubuntu for Android devices can operate seamlessly across Android phones, computers, and connected TVs. Moreover, Ubuntu for Android can run over both high end super phones like Samsung Galaxy range as well as the low end feature phones which run on Android.
Ubuntu for Android can work on both on both smart phones and tablets and will certainly increase the competition in the mobile OS market. When the phone is docked, it will act in the same way as a conventional PC and can run many standard Linux programs.
The new OS will have a distinctive smartphone interface when compared with conventional mobile OS like iOS and Symbian. The apps will be more integrated into the operating system and will facilitate the convergence of phone, PC, and thin client. A complete range of desktop applications like office suite, browser, email, media player, messenger, and calendar are available for Ubuntu for Android devices and these applications can be accessed on both the phone and the PC by the user. Voice calls and SMS too can be handled from both the phone and PC. Unlike other mobile operating systems, Ubuntu uses edge swipes from all four corners of the phone to enable users to find content and swap between applications.
The minimum hardware requirements for Ubuntu for Android devices are docking capability, support for HDMI and USB. Ubuntu also supports a large range of ARM and *86 hardware. As most of these features are now standard for high end phones, Ubuntu can be easily adopted by handset makers.
Benefits of Ubuntu
Ubuntu for Android devices offers a host of benefits to handset makers, network operators, and enterprises in general:
- It will assist handset makers in the development of multi-core phones with faster CPUs, higher RAMs and top-end graphics.
- Help handset makers to effectively target profitable markets for thin client platforms in the enterprise market and basic PCs in emerging markets.
- Network operators can provide next- generation enterprise desktops in a single portable device.
- Help network operators in expanding their core service portfolio from smart phone to smart desktop by providing managed desktop apps as a service on their networks.
- Facilitate on the move adoption of cloud computing apps like Google Docs which work best on a full desktop.
Canonical is mainly pushing Ubuntu for mobile devices to be installed in smart phones targeted at enterprise markets. As Ubuntu is already used by many corporations around the world, users can use a one single OS for smart phones, PCs, and servers.
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