Ubuntu For Android Features, Specifications and All You Want to Know

Canonical surely has strong ambitions for its Linux Distribution- Ubuntu. They have unveiled “Ubuntu For Android” whose aim is to install Ubuntu and offer full desktop computing experience to a docked Android smartphone.

The idea behind the product is to provide a complete desktop experience, performing common tasks on a desktop computer from your phone. Also and not the least, access to the services offered by telephone from the comfort of a keyboard, mouse and screen. The transition between the two environments will be completely transparent to the user.

The browsing experience from mobility or comfort of our desk is the same. Bookmarks, favorites and history are always within reach without having to synchronize different devices or rely on external services.

Regarding the contacts it is the same, a single address book for any purpose. With the phone docked (required), we can manage the contacts (read, edit and take notes), or write an email.

We will also have the ability to make and receive calls through the desktop. The integrated configuration offers other advantages, such as programming of the alarm clock to receive notices while working at the desk, or writing in a more comfortable endless WiFi passwords.

The social networking activity has not been neglected. Our login credentials stored in the phone may be used easily with the Ubuntu client. Regarding the photos, you can manage and edit it right away.


Among the default applications for Ubuntu leading Android are the Chromium web browser, Google Calendar , mail client Thunderbird , and Google Docs. In case of media player, VLC , the video NLE PiTiVi, Ubuntu Music Player and Photo Gallery.

Ubuntu Requirements for Android

The operating system is required Android 2.3 Gingerbread or higher. Ubuntu and Android share the same kernel and therefore, when you start this version of Ubuntu will be running simultaneously with Android. This allows the functionality of both systems are within reach.

Shared services and applications are managed through a module called Convergence API , ensuring tight integration between desktop environment and mobile. The workload is balanced between the various processes of the phone when docked, and when not only uses Android processor cores.


Ubuntu for Android requires a dual core processor 1 GHz

  • Video Acceleration: kernel driver driver shared with the associated X, Open GL ES / EGL.
  • Storage space upto 2GB system image.
  • HDMI Connecting
  • USB Connection
  • 512 MB ??RAM

Scope of Ubuntu For Android

Canonical has been able to combine pieces of Ubuntu with Linux kernel present in Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). A solution which confirm that: no Ubuntu for Android will not be provided in the form of an application and will not be available for current smartphones. This will be an opportunity for manufacturers who choose or not to implement this product. Some modifications are needed in hardware and Canonical prefers to wait for generations of more powerful smartphones as much as possible to service the project.

Ubuntu does not replace Android on the smartphone. It runs alongside part of the mobile system (competitive running). Android is still active, which allows the phone to stay besides a phone. Ubuntu in turn allows access to features that would claim in normal computer.


Ubuntu for Android is not an operating system as such, so it does not compete with Android, Windows Phone or IOS, and I see it as devices with widespread replacement tablets. The user profile ideal for Ubuntu for Android is the one who work in an environment of joint mobility and a fixed, and can save on multiple devices and cables. Like they say – “Why carry two devices, when you could carry only one?” on Ubuntu for Android website.


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Rohit Langde is Founder and Editor-in-chief of Blogsolute. Tech Blogger by Passion & Profession | Mechanical Engineer by Qualification | Introverted Geek by Choice

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