Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Feb 2013 18:53 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu "Images and open source code for the Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu will be published on Thursday 21st February, supporting the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones. They are intended for enthusiasts and developers, to familiarise themselves with Ubuntu's smartphone experience and develop applications on spare handsets. Tools that manage the flashing of the phone will be available on the same day in the Ubuntu archives, making it easy to keep a device up to date with the latest version of the Touch Developer Preview." Cool. Too bad it's only for Nexus phones, and not for more popular ones.
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I use a real device to run dev apps on
by rklrkl on Sat 16th Feb 2013 10:29 UTC in reply to "Re:"
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I'm not sure who would use the emulated Android device in the Android SDK, because it's trivially easy to get the SDK's "Run..." option to send the built apk to a real device (attached via USB in debugging mode) and run it immediately. I do it with my Nexus 7 and/or 10 when coding Android apps - it's almost irresponsible of any devs not to do this, especially since it's so easy.

Hence, how efficient the emulated Android device is really is an irrelevancy as far as most devs are concerned because I bet very few of them use it exclusively (who is going to develop any meaningful Android app and not have *any* real Android devices to test it on?).

Also note that the Nexus 10 is an ideal "reference Android device" because not only does it get the latest Android releases first, it can also adjust its screen resolution/density (via adb commands) to simulate the screens of "lesser" devices should you wish to test real hardware (GPS, accelerometer etc) with different screen attributes.

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