Ubuntu For Android released a video advertisement, but no release date

by: Joe HindyNovember 14, 2012

Fans of Linux may be asking why something like this hasn’t happened sooner. There are, after all, ways to install it on a flash drive and run it on virtually any computer. So Canonical asks, why not an Android phone? Thus, the Ubuntu For Android project was born and its aim is to bring easily accessible Ubuntu to Android phones.

To help generate some excitement over the idea, an advertisement for Ubuntu on Android has been released. There are a lot of leaps of logic made in the video, but it keeps it simple for those who aren’t the most Android or Linux savvy. For those who would rather watch than read, the video is at the bottom.

The advertisement is kind of cutesy. It isn’t some software engineer sitting at a desk with a Terminal window open and tossing a bunch of lingo out there. So for hardcore, knowledgeable fans of Linux, this ad may come off as vague and boring. The target is to convince the casual Android owner that they could benefit from being able to turn their phone into a desktop.

It does this by comparing Android phones to computers. By comparing current quad core Android devices with a bunch of storage and RAM to computers with similar specs, it shows that running a desktop environment on Android is possible. The important thing is the ad shows this is an easy to understand manner, which could generate interest from those outside the Ubuntu community.

So when can I try this Ubuntu on Android project?

Well, you can’t yet. The actual project hasn’t been released. This advertisement is strictly for generating curiosity and excitement. As OMG! Ubuntu puts it, it is essentially a teaser video to get people into it.

Whether or not the project will be successful is a coin toss. It is definitely a cool feature and one that a lot of people would enjoy having. It is a little like Motorola’s recently deceased Webtop project. Plugging into a dock and getting a computer desktop is nothing new, but it’ll be very interesting to see how Canonical does it. Is anyone excited for the Ubuntu on Android project? Let us know your thoughts. Don’t forget to check out the video below.

  • Flo


    My crappy 2.1 Single Core PC (Ubuntu aswell) is for nothing but the trash can, but I won’t ever buy another PC, but will wait for something like this.

    I guess the N4 would do a quite better job..

    • JosephHindy

      The only problem you’d have to worry about are storage constraints with the N4. At most you’re looking at 16GB of storage to store an operating system and then all the stuff you put on that operating system. If I were to suggest it for anyone, it’d be with a phone with a 32-64GB SD card so you have room for stuff like applications.

      • Cloud cloud cloud

        • le_lutin

          Saying it 3 times doesn’t make it solve the problem.

          • Flo

            I agree to the data problem while on the road – Why the f*** won’t the accept, that most customers want PHYSICAL data.
            For me (in Germany) it’s not even possible to rely on the cloud.
            The Network connection is simply not good enough.
            No word that I can’t efford such a data plan..
            The lack of LTE makes it even worse on the N4.
            Not that I needed LTE – definitley NO, but than they can hold their cloud where they want, but not on my phone..

            But for a home use – with docked monitor, keyboard and mouse – a USB-drive would be more than OK for me

          • PopeJamal

            I believe Chromebooks come standard with 16GB SSDs. I don’t think it’s as big a problem as you think.

          • le_lutin

            Just because that’s what chromebooks come with doesn’t immediately make it the new standard storage for all devices.

            Chromebooks don’t run games (each of which can take up GBs), Cromebooks don’t take HD videos (each of which can take take up GBs).

          • JosephHindy

            don’t forget about basic stuff too. Libre office takes up some space, as does Gimp. Then you get an IM client possibly…these things eventually add up.

  • Paul

    Ah, the Comp-phone to replace the smartphone!

  • ufa

    This with 4gb ram would be amazing

  • Muse sal

    This more cooler then i thought at when watching the video, how awesome man

  • and my tablet?, I have a nexus 7, and it would be my os of choice !!