Apr 30 AT 3:20 PM Dima Aryeh 11 Comments

Ubuntu for Android project no longer in development

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Ubuntu for Android was a great concept, and it was hard to believe it was possible. When using the device, you’d run Android. Once docked, you would experience the full Ubuntu OS on your mobile device. All it would take was a dock, display, keyboard and mouse. However, the project has been cancelled.

Hopes were never high for this project in the first place, but it’s still sad to see it gone. It was cancelled due to lack of support from OEMs, though Canonical says that the project might be revived if an OEM expresses interest in it and offers support. But for now, Ubuntu for Android is no more.

With Canonical making its own OS for mobile devices based on Linux, Ubuntu for Android seemed somewhat redundant. Development on the mobile OS does continue, so Canonical has not given up on mobile entirely. Are you saddened by this news, or did you expect this to happen at some point?

Via: Engadget

Dima Aryeh is a Russian obsessed with all things tech. He does photography, is an avid phone modder (who uses an AT&T Galaxy Note II), a heavy gamer (both PC and 360), and an aspiring home mechanic. He is also an avid fan of music, especially power metal.

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  • Laurent

    Stupid, it is clearly the futur as our phones are becoming more and more powerfull.

  • ben

    Isn’t Android already a linux platform? Isn’t it like saying Slackware for Mint?

    • http://www.androidandme.com Dima Aryeh

      Android is based on Linux, yeah. But it’s saying Ubuntu (a Linux distro, or a type of Linux) for Android (also a type of Linux, but for a whole different purpose). It’s integrating the two utterly different platforms. I see what you mean, it’s a tad silly, but it makes sense.

  • jump

    Ubuntu Linux is the world’s most popular and fastest growing Linux alternative to Windows. More people are seeking better, reliable and cost effective ways to keep in touch both at school, home and the office across all popular device platforms.

  • tjl

    Screw OEMs, throw that shit on XDA. Let the AOSP community have at it. Bet when the OEMs see it in action on custom roms, theyll look at it a bit more seriously.

    • Chris havard

      Android and Ubuntu are already open source, so theoretically anyone with technical knowhow can coble this together. I know that is a huge over simplification, and the work needed would be immense, but the source code is already out there. Though I do agree that if canonical were to release any work they have done so far, we’d soon see a cyanogenmod/Ubuntu mashup.

  • casa

    How many more grandiose plans and promises does Mark Shuttleworth drop before the whole world decides he’s as full of sh*t–and has been all along–as those with any sense have been saying he is?

  • Patrick

    I would have loved to have this. I remember when the project was first announced. I was ecstatic! Just the thought of carrying my phone with me on the go and docking it when I got home, everything working seamlessly, just felt like a real step into the future. Maybe it really was ahead of it’s time. Shame to see it never took off, and even moreso now that the project has been cancelled. All I can do now, is hope to see something like this actually develop in the coming years.

    • Terry

      It is interesting that after 2 years of hype from Canonical they have dropped Ubuntu for Android. Their concept of either Ubuntu or Android was never going to be adopted by OEM’s. Similarly another phone OS based on Ubuntu will not fly either.

      The model that will work is to have both running simultaneously. We believe that what we have created with the Vixtel Unity is the ideal combination. Toggle between Android and Linux on the run. Use Ubuntu with monitor and keyboard in the office and the tablet becomes a very sophisticated desk phone/video phone. In other words use the right operating system most suited for the job at hand. As more services become cloud based using HTML5 and Web RTC the operating system becomes less relevant.

      Just as the form factor has changed from mainframe, to PC, to portable computers, to laptops this model will change the form of the desk top.

  • donger

    All those cool videos I watched were for nothing.

  • Vixtel Unity

    It is interesting that after 2 years of hype from Canonical they have dropped Ubuntu for Android. Their concept of either Ubuntu or Android was never going to be adopted by OEM’s. Similarly another phone OS based on Ubuntu will not fly either.

    The model that will work is to have both running simultaneously. We believe that what we have created with the Vixtel Unity is the ideal combination. Toggle between Android and Linux on the run. Use Ubuntu with monitor and keyboard in the office and the tablet becomes a very sophisticated desk phone/video phone. In other words use the right operating system most suited for the job at hand. As more services become cloud based using HTML5 and Web RTC the operating system becomes less relevant.

    Just as the form factor has changed from mainframe, to PC, to portable computers, to laptops this model will change the form of the desktop.

  1. LaurentGuest 12 months ago

    Stupid, it is clearly the futur as our phones are becoming more and more powerfull.

  2. benGuest 12 months ago

    Isn’t Android already a linux platform? Isn’t it like saying Slackware for Mint?

    • Android is based on Linux, yeah. But it’s saying Ubuntu (a Linux distro, or a type of Linux) for Android (also a type of Linux, but for a whole different purpose). It’s integrating the two utterly different platforms. I see what you mean, it’s a tad silly, but it makes sense.

  3. Ubuntu Linux is the world’s most popular and fastest growing Linux alternative to Windows. More people are seeking better, reliable and cost effective ways to keep in touch both at school, home and the office across all popular device platforms.

  4. tjlGuest 12 months ago

    Screw OEMs, throw that shit on XDA. Let the AOSP community have at it. Bet when the OEMs see it in action on custom roms, theyll look at it a bit more seriously.

    • Chris havardGuest 12 months ago

      Android and Ubuntu are already open source, so theoretically anyone with technical knowhow can coble this together. I know that is a huge over simplification, and the work needed would be immense, but the source code is already out there. Though I do agree that if canonical were to release any work they have done so far, we’d soon see a cyanogenmod/Ubuntu mashup.

  5. casaGuest 12 months ago

    How many more grandiose plans and promises does Mark Shuttleworth drop before the whole world decides he’s as full of sh*t–and has been all along–as those with any sense have been saying he is?

  6. PatrickGuest 12 months ago

    I would have loved to have this. I remember when the project was first announced. I was ecstatic! Just the thought of carrying my phone with me on the go and docking it when I got home, everything working seamlessly, just felt like a real step into the future. Maybe it really was ahead of it’s time. Shame to see it never took off, and even moreso now that the project has been cancelled. All I can do now, is hope to see something like this actually develop in the coming years.

    • TerryGuest 12 months ago

      It is interesting that after 2 years of hype from Canonical they have dropped Ubuntu for Android. Their concept of either Ubuntu or Android was never going to be adopted by OEM’s. Similarly another phone OS based on Ubuntu will not fly either.

      The model that will work is to have both running simultaneously. We believe that what we have created with the Vixtel Unity is the ideal combination. Toggle between Android and Linux on the run. Use Ubuntu with monitor and keyboard in the office and the tablet becomes a very sophisticated desk phone/video phone. In other words use the right operating system most suited for the job at hand. As more services become cloud based using HTML5 and Web RTC the operating system becomes less relevant.

      Just as the form factor has changed from mainframe, to PC, to portable computers, to laptops this model will change the form of the desk top.

  7. All those cool videos I watched were for nothing.

  8. Vixtel UnityGuest 12 months ago

    It is interesting that after 2 years of hype from Canonical they have dropped Ubuntu for Android. Their concept of either Ubuntu or Android was never going to be adopted by OEM’s. Similarly another phone OS based on Ubuntu will not fly either.

    The model that will work is to have both running simultaneously. We believe that what we have created with the Vixtel Unity is the ideal combination. Toggle between Android and Linux on the run. Use Ubuntu with monitor and keyboard in the office and the tablet becomes a very sophisticated desk phone/video phone. In other words use the right operating system most suited for the job at hand. As more services become cloud based using HTML5 and Web RTC the operating system becomes less relevant.

    Just as the form factor has changed from mainframe, to PC, to portable computers, to laptops this model will change the form of the desktop.