Canonical—the company responsible for the Ubuntu Linux distro— announced today a fully functioning build of Ubuntu for Android devices. The Ubuntu Unity build will boot after the phone is docked to a keyboard and connected to a display, providing the full experience powered by a smartphone. While Canonical might show more at this year’s Mobile World Congress set for Feb. 27, the firm already revealed hardware requirements including a minimum of 1GHz processor, 2GB of free storage, 512MB of RAM, and HDMI out and USB host mode.
The phone experience is pure Android – it’s a normal Android phone. When the device is connected to a computer screen, however, it launches a full Ubuntu desktop on the computer display. It’s exactly the same desktop used by millions of enterprise and home users on their Ubuntu PCs, and includes hundreds of certified applications, from office productivity to photography, video and music.
As Canonical described in its press release, the best part of Ubuntu for Android is the ability to access and share all Android data across both operating systems including Android apps like phone, contacts, and SMS from within Ubuntu. You might not want to run Android apps when you have access to full-fledged desktop apps in Ubuntu, but you will at least have the option to do so at anytime while docked. The full press release is after the break (via AndroidCentral), and we will keep an eye out at MWC for Canonical: Read more