Mobile and Software Innovation 2012 | Part 1 of 3: Ubuntu for Android

Posted on Mar 12, 2012 by Forte Group in Mobile Development, Technology Events

This year’s Mobile World Congress (MWC) ushered in a new wave of amazing technology as it hosted 1,500 companies and 12,500 app developers. Held at the Mobile World Capital in Fira Montjuïc, Barcelona, Spain from 27 February to 1 March, MWC 2012 had over 67,000 attendees coming from 205 countries.


Among all the software, apps and devices launched during the event, we found three that will definitely shake up the industry. The key focus of these innovations is unifying the mobile experience. Whether it’s Ubuntu’s smartphone-as-a-desktop-computer system, Microsoft’s new cross-platform OS or Mozilla’s open web mobile initiative, we have a lot to look forward to in mobile in the coming months.


Ubuntu harnesses the power of multi-core smartphones with its upcoming launch of Ubuntu for Android. By plugging in your phone into an HDMI display, your Android phone automatically shifts to become a full desktop.


Data and apps run in sync from both the Android and Ubuntu sides, with each operating system running at the same time and sharing the same kernel. This means that you can bring everything you have on your phone into the desktop. You’ll have seamless access to your browsing history, bookmarks, contacts, calendar, social network account and photos.


You’ll still be able to use Android apps while in Ubuntu and you can make and receive calls and send text messages while using your desktop. Ubuntu also comes with all the basic desktop applications that you need such as Google Calendar, VLC for playing videos, the Thunderbird mail client, the Chromium browser as well as Ubuntu’s own music player and photo browsing apps.


In our opinion, this will definitely change the way most of us view mobile phones. Finally, we can realize the full potential of that dual-core powerhouse in our pockets and use it for more involved desktop work like coding, writing, maybe even graphic design.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or higher
  • Dual-core 1GHz CPU and video acceleration
  • 2GB for the OS disk image
  • 512MB RAM
  • HDMI video out with secondary frame buffer device
  • USB host mode

Stay tuned for part 2 of 3!