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Ubuntu for Android No Longer in Development According to Canonical

It has been quite some time since we last discussed Ubuntu for Android, not to be confused with Ubuntu Mobile, and apparently there is good reason as to why there are no more discussions regarding the subject – no one is currently working on it.

2012 was the year in which talks began picking up about Ubuntu and Android being paired, with the idea being that once an Android phone was docked into a monitor, it could essentially turn itself into a PC running Ubuntu. It was an awesome idea, but it appears that the folks at Canonical are done working on it, at least for now. 

Canonical states that if they can find themselves an OEM partner, they would be ready to start up development of the platform once again. In a statement given to Android Authority, Canonical is pretty clear that the service is not entirely dead, but in a form of deep hibernation until time comes for it to be awoken.

To take the development further requires a launch partner in order to make the necessary modifications on the Android side. We are currently not in concrete discussions with launch partners, but we are still very much open to such a partnership. We are focused on Ubuntu for Phones at the moment, therefore we are not actively pushing for Ubuntu for Android.However, if a prospective partner steps forward, we are very much open to launching Ubuntu for Android.

While this news may not be a big deal, since Ubuntu for Android hasn’t exactly been in the news for some time, it was quite the requested feature back in the day, with plenty of people hoping to see it come to fruition. It appears that if no partners intend on partnering with Canonical, it may never come.

Via: OMG Ubuntu | Android Authority
  • Indian_Art

    Perhaps Google could run with this great idea of U4A. Android 5.0 maybe …

  • ali jawad

    Isn’t this sort of like Motorola’s WebTop software that was on the Droid RAZR? That was awesome though the hardware was a bit slow to keep up at the time. Is like Motorola to bring that back.

  • Asmodai

    Ubuntu is never going to beat MS on the desktop. Likewise a separate Ubuntu mobile platform is never going to beat Android. The concept of embracing Android and extending it to support an Ubuntu desktop was one that had a shot for mainstream appeal. If Joe User could buy a smartphone that supported Google Play and had all the Play apps they’ve previously purchased on their prior smartphones but could also connect to a keyboard, mouse, and monitor and run the full desktop Ubuntu using the same kernel and accessing the same local user document (images, movies, music, office files, pdfs, etc.) store that’s something that could have pushed Ubuntu to the mainstream. Ubuntu Mobile will never be mainstream. They will never be able to build an ecosystem that rivals Amazon let alone Google. Cancelling Ubuntu for Android relegates Ubuntu to a niche on mobile devices just like it’s a niche on desktops. It’s a shame, there was so much potential there.

  • TechSavy1

    I have been trying to get away from using Windows as of late and I love using Ubuntu. With the latest 14.04 release, Ubuntu is even better. I think it would have been a great concept to have Ubuntu for Android but the good thing is we still have Ubuntu Touch. I have Ubuntu Touch on my Nexus 7 (2013) and I enjoy using it. Ubuntu Touch still has a way to go but so far so good. Lets hope that one day Ubuntu for Android resurfaces again!

  • cizzlen

    And nothing of value was lost.

  • Mike_Cook7

    Sadly I forgot about this as well and I was really excited for it, now really bummed that its not happening cuz it was a great idea, Especially with all the cloud options out there now. Put a VDI agent on it and pow work from any keyboard mouse and screen with nothing more than your phone.

  • Kevin

    Who the hell needs Ubuntu? We have Chrome OS.

    • ThomasMoneyhon

      That would be nice for a phone to boot into chrome os and still allow calls via Bluetooth when plugged into a monitor. you could also send and receive sms and have it sync with hangouts app on the phone

  • Stop being interested in Ubuntu for Android after it too so long to come to life.

  • Rashad

    I could see someone like OPPO or One+ possibly looking to be a partner.

  • d-nice

    Thus concept has already been possible for some time now by use of a mhl adapter Bluetooth keyboard and mouse.

    • d-nice

      No need for ubuntu.

      • Alan Paone

        Android would have to automatically switch UI’s like the padfone does. Navigating a phone launcher and apps on a giant screen with a mouse would be pretty dumb. Admittedly, this probably isn’t a huge amount of work to implement.

        • d-nice

          its far from dumb, all you need to do is customize a extra launcher to use in landscape mode and open it whenever you are linked via hdmi through the mhl adapter. your idea of the concept would be dumb yes, thats why you shouldn’t try it.

          • Alan Paone

            or it could just automatically switch like the padfone does. It’s not “my” conception, it’s how it would work right now, it’s Google’s conception.

          • Braden Abbott

            I also wish we had the option to change the DPI setting for display-out, however I regularly use a 2013 nexus 7 over slimport with a bluetooth mouse on a few different screens and it’s not too bad at all at this DPI setting, Chrome is decent which is what matters, even at 40″. But a phone DPI would be a different story… I love using Splashtop like this, all because left and right click and even the scroll wheel work perfectly in this app, so I have my 1080p Windows desktop with me anywhere.

        • ThomasMoneyhon

          The padfone switches to tablet UI when docked, the phones with an adapter stay in phone UI but landscape when connected to a display.

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  • landon

    They should have released the source code to the public. 🙁 Seems like Ubuntu is becoming less community driven than it once was.

  • EC8CH

    Apparently Ubuntu for Android hasn’t been in the news since Gingerbread