Ubuntu for Android will make Chrome OS irrelevant
Ubuntu for Android will make Google’s Chrome OS irrelevant. Don’t believe us? Watch this video
Canonical, the commercial arm of Ubuntu, will unveil Ubuntu for Android at MWC 2012 next week.
We spoke with Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Canonical, about Ubuntu for Android yesterday, which you can read about here.
The basic idea behind Ubuntu for Android is simple: Ubuntu is installed on the device by an OEM - although modders will be able to hack it onto rooted devices, as well - and then boots once the handset is docked with a monitor or TV. Simple.
Canonical’s big idea is to take advantage of all that processing power aboard modern Android handsets and effectively remove the need for you, theoretically speaking, anyway, to have a desktop PC as you can carry a desktop-calibre OS on your handset.
Google is reportedly working to integrate Chrome OS into its next iteration of Android, known as Jelly Bean, allegedly for the purposes of dual-booting on Windows 8-powered netbooks, laptops and notebooks.
Whether this is the case or not remains to be seen. Google has yet to officially comment on the notion, despite speculation spreading like wildfire online. Ubuntu hasn’t made the same mistake - it saw an opportunity and took it. And this could be a big blow for Google’s Chrome OS, especially if the company is about to roll it into Android.
Here’s the video, so you can see what all the fuss is about