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Canonical stops ‘Ubuntu for Android’ development

The Ubuntu for Android project was launched in early 2012 with the aim to merge Android Mobile and Ubuntu Linux desktop. According to Canonical, the project has been shelved for now and is not under active development.

Ubuntu for Android was an innovative project which would allow Android Mobile users to dock their smartphones to desktop, and boot up Ubuntu Linux from the device making the setup a full fledged Ubuntu PC. The data would be stored on the smartphone and shared between both the operating systems.

It seems, canonical was not contented with sharing the smartphone space with Android and instead wanted their own standalone operating system. Thus, Ubuntu Touch was born in January 2013, when canonical announced that they were expanding their mobile efforts to include their own smartphone OS.

Ubuntu for Android’s current development status came into view when a bug report was filed and Canonical’s Matthew Paul replied with the following statement:

The website] describes Ubuntu for Android as “the must-have feature for late-2012 high-end Android phones. Ubuntu for Android is no longer in development, so this page should be retired, along with [the features section].

Official statement from Canonical states that, their current priority is Ubuntu Touch OS for smartphones, and they would like to concentrate all their efforts in that direction. However, Ubuntu for Android is not dead yet and they are happy to work on it if they find prospective partners to work with.

We are very happy with the reception of both the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop, and the early Ubuntu phone images. We think these development show a desire in the market place for Ubuntu, and an Ubuntu for Android (U4A) solution would be a good way for it to reach users.

We still believe that U4A is a great product concept and that consumers would welcome the feature. The development within Ubuntu for U4A is complete. To take the development further requires a launch partner in order to make the necessary modifications on the Android side.

We are currently not in concrete discussions with launch partners, but we are still very much open to such a partnership. We are focused on Ubuntu for Phones at the moment, therefore we are not actively pushing for Ubuntu for Android.However, if a prospective partner steps forward, we are very much open to launching Ubuntu for Android.

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Source: Android Authority

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  2. > It seems, canonical was not contented with sharing the smartphone space with Android

    Well, I do not completely agree to that. May be they stopped it because it just didn’t see any notable success.

    • And of course they do not have any gadgets to run with it

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  4. 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.

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