Friday, 04 May, 2012 Technology

Android Smartphones Turned into Ubuntu-Powered Desktop PC


Canonical Ltd, a private firm that focuses on marketing commercial support and services for Ubuntu Linux, decided to make use of the latest mobile processors to launch Ubuntu for Android smartphone.

Founded by South African entrepreneur Mark Shuttleworth, the company is thus the first to create an OS that transforms your handset into a full Ubuntu-powered desktop PC. All that a user has to do is to connect a smartphone to a special dock station and computer monitor. In such a way Canonical makes the first step towards the day when smartphones could play the role of primary PC.

By connecting the phone to an external dock using a USB HDMI dock, the user automatically boots the device into Ubuntu. Then you only have to use a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse to get a fully-functional PC.

It looks like virtually any Android handset can run Ubuntu. However, the smartphone should meet the following requirements:

- Dual-core 1GHz CPU

- Video acceleration: shared kernel driver with associated X driver; Open GL, ES/EGL

- 2GB of free space for OS disk image

- HDMI: video out with secondary frame buffer device

- USB host mode

- 512 MB RAM.

[via Ubuntu]

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