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Future of Smartphones is here!!

Updated on April 21, 2012
Ubuntu for Android
Ubuntu for Android

Ubuntu for Android

This is the future. Clearly you can see from the description that this is future technology and soon you can find in your workplace and home. Specifications of smartphones are becoming better day by day. Now you can find dual core processors, 1GB RAM, separate GPU in phones of price range near 30k. But a sad thing is that you cannot exploit this stunning potential using only the 3 or 4 inch display of your smartphone. There comes the solution Ubuntu for Android.

As the processing power of modern day smartphone is almost equal to that of a laptop, why you need to carry two devices. You can use your smartphone for the entire purpose. The solution is from Canonical limited, distributors of Ubuntu.

What is Ubuntu for Android?

This is an app that can work in any Android phone with good configuration and running on a version of Android from Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Once you connect a phone with Ubuntu for Android app, to a monitor you can see a full Ubuntu desktop in your monitor. This is an Ubuntu version running on you Android phone's processing power. As Android and Ubuntu are derivatives of Linux, both have almost same kernel. So there is no need for separate processing power.

For installing Ubuntu for Android your smartphone should meet certain basic needs. Your phone must be running on any new version from Android version 2.3 Gingerbread. Processing power of at least 1GHz dual core processor is needed. Minimum RAM requirement is 512MB. HDMI output port to connect monitor to the phone(This is for video out with secondary frame video out). USB port is an added advantage as you can connect keyboard and mouse. Without this also it may be possible to use bluetooth mouse or keyboard. But it is better to have a USB port also (It will be okay if you have USB host mode in your phone). An internal memory of 2GB is desirable to store the operating system. So if you are going to buy a new smartphone, try to get one with above specified specification. Even though the cost may be a little higher now, in future it can function as both your smartphone and your personal computer.


Using Ubuntu for Android offers you a lot of additional conveniences. First of all as there is only one processing unit required, which is your smart phone, cost is reduced. If you are not using this, you have to buy separate desktop and phone. Using Ubuntu for Android, you need to pay only the additional charge for monitor and keyboard for transforming it into a desktop.

Using a single personal device offers you a lot of advantages, like your data will be accessible from both your mobile and desktop without syncing as it is a single device. Bookmarks will be synced across devices.
When connected to monitor using the dock, you can access both the mobile features and the features of a fully booted ubuntu operating system. Making call and messaging while docked is not a problem. All can be done from the ubuntu desktop.

We still have to wait to see a phone preloaded with this app from the manufacturer itself. Ubuntu has invited different phone manufacturers to implement this feature.

But you cannot say that this feature is entirely new. Motorola has tried this through their laptop dock in Motorola Atrix smart phone. This method doesn't succeed as the cost of laptop doc was very high (comparable to that of a separate netbook). But in case of Ubuntu for Android that is not the case. You can use any monitor with HDMI connectivity. It can be your LED TV also. So there is no need to purchase an additional hardware.


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    • chamilj profile image

      chamilj 6 years ago from Sri Lanka

      WOW! This is very useful. Thanks for the information. Voted up!

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      Anjili 6 years ago from planet earth, a humanoid

      Thanks vinner for the share. I love em gadgets. Will surely give it a try with my Android phone. A very informative hub that shows us how to link our smartphones with our desktops and get working. Good share. Voted up, sharing and useful

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      vinner 6 years ago from India

      Yes friends, the combination of Ubuntu and Android, surely it is a good solution for us. If you are purchasing a smartphone from now onwards, consider the specifications to run Ubuntu for Android also.

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      Dilip Chandra 6 years ago from India

      Informative and useful hub. Well written, Thanks for sharing.

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      mikeydcarroll67 6 years ago

      Yea I agree. Offering solutions to people can be a good thing!