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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RE: Comment by twitterfire
by darknexus on Sat 16th Feb 2013 14:21 UTC in reply to "Comment by twitterfire"
darknexus
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2008-07-15

There's tons of useful apps in the playstore which enable you to have a good phone or tablet experience. Many of them are better than any desktop Linux counterpart.

Agreed. Considering how much better many of the apps are, perhaps Canonical should be thinking of a way to integrate a full Android layer into Ubuntu. I think it's pretty clear that, despite the continuing cries of fans, desktop Linux will never have anywhere close to the quality of app development that Android and iOS enjoy. Perhaps a full Dalvik/Android compatibility layer could bridge that gap, although you'd then have the same problem as Windows 8 has (i.e. the user interface would be all wrong for desktops or laptops).

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RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire
by twitterfire on Sat 16th Feb 2013 15:15 in reply to "RE: Comment by twitterfire"
twitterfire Member since:
2008-09-11

Considering how much better many of the apps are, perhaps Canonical should be thinking of a way to integrate a full Android layer into Ubuntu.

You mean like Blackberry did in Playbook? That would be a smart idea, and it would have some attractiveness to be able to run all Android apps and as an added bonus be able to run regular desktop Linux apps.

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RE[3]: Comment by twitterfire
by darknexus on Sat 16th Feb 2013 20:05 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by twitterfire"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

" Considering how much better many of the apps are, perhaps Canonical should be thinking of a way to integrate a full Android layer into Ubuntu.

You mean like Blackberry did in Playbook?
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That's exactly what I mean although, at least in the case of the Playbook, the user interface wouldn't be a problem the way it would on a typical pc. Do the emulation correctly on a tablet and it could be seemless indeed, but try the same with a keyboard and mouse... Well, I think that would very much resemble what we've seen another operating system try with less than satisfactory results.

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