Ubuntu is a popular Open source linux based desktop OS as many may know.Android is a powerful mobile open source OS.How about both integrated? Ubuntu for Android enables to run fully functional Ubuntu OS just like a desktop by docking your phone to a connected keyboard and monitor.
Ubuntu for android is a customised version of Ubuntu that works together with Android, sharing the data between both OS running simultaneously.It can run on multi-core Android phones with USB and HDMI.All the services are shared like messaging, applications, files , calling functions , contacts , photos and videos and all for the case.
The desktop interface is brought easily by just docking your phone and it is ready for use just like your desktop.While on docked mode the integrates SMS and calling functions allow you to read and reply to messages and to attend calls directly from your desktop.All your Office applications and other Ubuntu applications can be run and also android applications.Yes you can run android applications from within Ubuntu while docked.
Android is really powerful.But with Ubuntu for Android it would be just like having a full desktop PC in Pocket.This is possible because of the much flexible hardware requirements of the Linux based OS s.It doesn’t require a strict configuration and needs very low minimum requirements.We have already seen about Raspberry Pi the Pen-drive sized smallest computer on this blog , which is a great example for the lowest config required for Ubuntu.For this Android integration it needs the below hardware…
- 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
It also has many default applications for great desktop experience like Google chrome browser, Google Calender, Google Docs, Thunderbird email Client, Gwibber, VLC Media Player, PiTiVi, Rhythm Box Music Player, Ubuntu Photo Gallery, Android Dialler.
Much info would be available from the MWC to be held next week.
A demo video embedded below may help you know more…