Canonical has already announced Ubuntu TV, but today at Mobile World Congress, they are expanding Ubuntu’s reach even farther away from “desktop computing” with Ubuntu for Android. To put it simply, Ubuntu for Android will allow users to run a full Ubuntu Unity desktop from a docked Android smartphone. Not only will the full Unity desktop be available, but aspects from Android such as the dialer, apps, contacts, photos, videos, will be accessible from the Unity desktop.
AndroidCentral’s Phil Nickinson was able to get a preview of Ubuntu for Android at MWC in Barcelona. Check out the video below.
While I was initially very intrigued by this new idea, I have grown more and more unoptimistic. Here are my issues with Ubuntu for Android:
1. Preinstalled Ubuntu on phone – I thought Ubuntu for Android would be an app you would download to sync with your current Ubuntu desktop. It turns out, that is not the case. Ubuntu will need to be installed on your phone by the manufacturer. This disappoints me because if you want Ubuntu for Android, you will most likely be severely limited when shopping for an Android phone.
2. App syncing – This kind of relates to #1 where I wanted all my phone’s features accessed (wirelessly) on my current Ubuntu desktop. I can’t tell you how many times I will be at my desk working and I’ll get a text on my phone. Then I will realize my phone is on the other side of the room. It’s not a big deal for you all, but for me, being handicap, I have to decide if I want to go get my phone to see who is trying to reach me. It would be nice if my texts came to my Ubuntu desktop when it’s NOT plugged in.
3. Carrier lockdown? – I am curious to see how/if phone carriers will “lockdown” use of the Ubuntu desktop. Based on the video below showing Ubuntu for Android, it makes me believe a user will be able to use any network. That would be very helpful to overcome carriers’ data limitations.
For me personally, I have my eyes on the Samsung Galaxy SIII as my next phone. If it is coming to Verizon, it will be hard to tear me away from that, to get a phone with Ubuntu for Android. What do you think of Ubuntu for Android? Yay or nay? Leave your comments below.
Find out about Ubuntu for Android here.