Ubuntu + Android = Ubuntu for Android
2012, the year of Ubuntu invasion, not only on various devices but also on other operating systems.
Ubuntu for Android is an OS that is to run inside Android smartphones with certain hardware requirements, providing a full Ubuntu desktop experience with office software, various media applications, email services, web-browsing and more, basically, a solid bundle of powerful apps running inside of Android phones docked to a screen and a keyboard, thus acting (the Android phone) like a mobile "in pocket" keeper of an Ubuntu desktop, that is to be used and enjoyed when a screen with a keyboard is available.
Ubuntu for Android is to feature:
- unified contacts (Ubuntu and Android access the same mobile address book, meaning, when Ubuntu is in use, one can edit, view, text, call, email contacts)
- ability to use full-fledged web-browsers like Firefox and Chromium when the phone is docked (and running Ubuntu)
- shared responsibilities (Ubuntu's indicator message can display calls and SMS messages on the desktop, allowing users to reply and answer directly from the desktop)
- integrated settings (alarm clock settings can be synchronized with the desktop)
- option to manage phone's photos via Ubuntu Gallery
- smartphone's social network credentials are synchronized via Ubuntu social client, thus providing easy access to Facebook, Twitter, etc
- Ubuntu and Android share the same kernel, meaning, when the smartphone is docked, Ubuntu boots and "runs concurrently with Android".
- "a core based on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) or any subsequent version"
The developers have also launched a "Ready to talk" call, where various manufacturers and corporate entities can contact Ubuntu developers.