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first_imgEver since Canonical announced its Ubuntu for Android project, I’ve been lusting after a device that ships with it. The idea of being able to carry around just one device instead of three is like a breath of fresh air to my weary neck and shoulders.Canonical has shown some real savvy in understanding that they didn’t need to compete with Android or iOS by releasing another full mobile OS, and has made a brilliant move in my opinion to expand the market footprint of Ubuntu into the mobile arena. Of course, not everyone agrees with my assessment, largely because of the complete lack of any kind of beta build that can be downloaded and tested.While we’re still waiting impatiently for Canonical to release some code for us to play with, a new video has appeared in which project manager Richard Collins demonstrates exactly how the software functions. Posted above for your viewing pleasure, the five-minute demonstration gives us a window into the project.As you can see, Canonical is testing its software using a Motorola Atrix 2. While you may think the choice of device is related to Google’s acquisition of Motorola, it’s simply not the case. In my interviews with Canonical CEO Jane Silber and Richard Collins, it was stated firmly that the company’s choice of handsets was made from a purely technical standpoint. Because the Atrix 2 has a dual-core processor and a dock that is readily available, it became the prime candidate for development of Ubuntu for Android.There’s also been confusion about how Ubuntu is running on the device. Many people have assumed that it’s a shell interface or some sort of emulation. Both assumptions are wrong as this is in fact a full build of Ubuntu that has been optimized to run on mobile processors using the Android OS as a base. In designing the link between Ubuntu and Android in this way, Canonical has created a symbiotic relationship that allows each OS to operate independently while still allowing information such as phone calls and email to flow between the two seamlessly.Of course, Ubuntu for Android has a long way to go before it’s ready for mass consumption. A large part of the process is going to be getting the software into the community’s hands. Hopefully we will see that happen soon.Read more at ExtremeTechlast_img

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