There is just this hype lately after Canonical (the company) announced that Ubuntu is ready to be incorporated with Android. It drew attention from manufacturers and service providers.
I think most of us are already familiar with Ubuntu. You can have it as a secondary operating system for Windows or Mac OS and it’s relatively light.
Android should sell more
Last year and until in the early part of this year, Android phones gained more ground against Apple’s iPhone 4s and drastically increased in number. But, with the release of iPhone 4s, the trend could go the other way around. There seems to be a need for some promotional updates to sell some more Androids.
The Webtop – to replace the standard PC
The concept of a phone connected to a PC to work as a PC is embodied in webtop – developed by Motorola Mobility and Google.
Google grabbed the opportunity in this new market and developed the webtop to be its new weapon against other computing Giants.
The webtop concept literally surprised the computer world when it was announced and demonstrated. It basically presented something new. The only problem – it’s slow. Meaning, a lot of work has to be done for this system to be fully functional.
Ubuntu enters the scene
Ubuntu is a Linux based operating software that can be downloaded for free. It also works with some other OS – Windows and Mac OS – as secondary or backup operating system, just in case something happens to your main OS.
Ubuntu will work together with Android, it will not replace it.
You can download Ubuntu for Android, definitely for free. There are some system and hardware requirements though – a docking station, is the most important. A phone first needs to be docked in Ubuntu.
What can Ubuntu do with a phone?
Here’s the list:
- make it look like a desktop PC
- search and launch for android applications through Ubuntu’s desktop
- share wi-fi settings and networks
- view and search phone contacts through desktop search
- use text messaging service with full keyboard
- synch social networking info between Android and Ubuntu
- edit photos and videos and save them to Android
Boost to Android?
Surely, it will be an additional selling point for Android devices.
However, given the concept a phone being used as a PC, it is not so difficult to execute it in some other OS – for Microsoft and Mac. You can also synchronize, incorporate, and transfer and use data seamlessly.
Besides, Ubuntu still has compatibility issues especially with regard to Word and Excel files – and others. It’s difficult to transfer files to other OS using native Ubuntu apps, unless you stick with the Android ones.
Unless it is already fully functional it will never be a boost to android devices.
Now that android is becoming more popular and more affordable. This practical application of a phone will be an additional selling point.
The not so new concept of a phone replacing a PC is now becoming a reality. The post-PC era was announced with the release and instant popularity of the iPad. I still do not know what the Mac people will bring to the table.
For now, let’s see where this leads to. Given its technological advantages over other products, will it become a big hit? Will it be marketed well or just become another flop? That’s the most important thing after all.
Ric is one of the web content writers of Agents of Value. He publishes in AOV’s blog and also submits articles in some guest blogging sites.