Ubuntu for Android at MWC - world’s first full-featured desktop on a docked smartphone

Press Releases   •   Feb 21, 2012 17:08 GMT

Ubuntu for Android at MWC - world’s first full-featured desktop on a docked smartphone

Carry less, do a lot more. All the productivity and apps of the full Ubuntu desktop, built into yourAndroid phone.

London, 21st February, 2012: Canonical today unveiled Ubuntu for Android, bringing the worldsfavourite free desktop experience to multi-core Android smartphones docked with a keyboard andmonitor. Use Android on the phone and Ubuntu as your desktop, both running simultaneously onthe same device, with seamless sharing of contacts, messages and other common services.

The phone experience is pure Android - its a normal Android phone. When the device is connectedto a computer screen, however, it launches a full Ubuntu desktop on the computer display.  Itsexactly the same desktop used by millions of enterprise and home users on their Ubuntu PCs, andincludes hundreds of certified applications, from office productivity to photography, video andmusic.

All data and services are shared between the Ubuntu and Android environments, which runsimultaneously on the device. So Android applications such as contacts, telephony and SMS/MMSmessaging are accessible from the Ubuntu interface. Indeed, all data on the smartphone can beaccessed at any time, docked or not.

Ubuntu for Android gives mobile workers a company phone that is also their enterprise desktop. Government and private institutions have embraced Ubuntu on the desktop because of its ease ofuse, security, manageability, superb range of native applications and excellent support for webbrowsers like Chrome and Firefox. The desktop can also include Windows applications, using thinclient and desktop virtualisation tools. Todays IT departments commonly support a PC and at leastone desktop phone for every employee. Many also provide and manage mobile phones. Ubuntu forAndroid presents a compelling solution to IT complexity by reducing that burden to a single device.

The first PC for the next billion knowledge workers could be a phone - but they wont just want touse it as a handset. They will want all the flexibility and productivity of a full desktop, as well as theconvenience of a smartphone on the move. Ubuntu for Android represents the first opportunity forhandset makers and network operators to address this growth opportunity in emerging markets.

The desktop is the killer-app for quad-core phones in 2012 says Mark Shuttleworth. “Ubuntu forAndroid transforms your high-end phone into your productive desktop, whenever you need it

Manufacturers targeting the corporate phone, as well as the next-generation enterprise desktop andthin clients can easily add Ubuntu for Android to their smartphones. The customized version ofUbuntu drops in cleanly alongside the rest of Android, and the necessary Android modifications aredesigned for easy integration. Hardware requirements include support for HDMI and USB, standardfeatures in high-end handsets planned for late 2012. 

Ubuntu for Android justifies the cost to enterprise customers of upgrading to higher bandwidth 4Gconnections and contracts. Cloud apps like Google Docs work best with a full desktop, and shinewith the lower latency of LTE. Network operators can deliver their own branded applications andservices as part of the Ubuntu desktop, in partnership with Canonical.

Canonical leads the traditional Linux ecosystem in support for the ARM architecture, having co-founded Linaro (linaro.org), the consortium dedicated to the unification of Linux on ARM and thesimplification of Android integration and delivery. That industrial experience, combined withCanonicals long-standing leadership in desktop Linux and deep relationships with global PCbrands enables Canonical to deliver an ARM-optimised desktop tightly integrated with Android, onsilicon from a range of ARM vendors.

Useful Links and Contacts
Product information and specifications at www.ubuntu.com/devices/android
Contact us to bring Ubuntu for Android to market: www.ubuntu.com/devices/android/contact-us

About Canonical
Canonical engineering and open community governance drive Ubuntus success in client, server andcloud computing - including personal cloud services for consumers. Canonicals vision of a unifiedfree platform in Ubuntu, from phone to cloud, with a family of coherent interfaces for the phone,tablet, TV and desktop, makes Ubuntu the first choice for diverse institutions from public cloudproviders to the makers of consumer electronics, and a favourite among individual technologists.

With developers and engineering centres around the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned topartner with hardware makers, content providers and software developers to bring Ubuntu solutionsto market - from PCs to servers and handheld devices.

London, 21st February, 2012: Canonical today unveiled Ubuntu for Android, bringing the world’sfavourite free desktop experience to multi-core Android smartphones docked with a keyboard andmonitor. Use Android on the phone and Ubuntu as your desktop, both running simultaneously onthe same device, with seamless sharing of contacts, messages and other common services.

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Canonical Announces Partnership with Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media to Add eBooks and Magazines Through the Ubuntu Software Center

Press Releases   •   Oct 24, 2011 17:12 BST

Canonical Announces Partnership with Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media to Add eBooks and Magazines Through the Ubuntu Software Center

Canonical today announced the addition of books and magazines to the Ubuntu Software Center with new content from partners Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media.  The Ubuntu Software Center brings together free and commercial applications, tools and games available for users. Through a simple interface users can find, select, review, buy and install software quickly and easily. With these partnerships, Ubuntu users will be able to purchase high-quality electronic productions of magazines and eBooks. Once purchased, users can download them as highly visual PDFs to their Ubuntu computers or e-readers. 

News Facts:
The Ubuntu Software Center is the recommended software management system in Ubuntu; 
Commercial software was added to the Center in April 2011 for the Ubuntu 11.04 release;
The purchasing process is completely secure, backed by the Ubuntu identity management system; 
Developers interested in publishing software on Ubuntu can find out more at developer.ubuntu.com

“Through this innovative partnership we are adding eBooks and magazines to the wide range of applications currently available in the Ubuntu Software Center, creating a fantastic revenue opportunity for Ubuntu developers and content creators,” said Steve George, VP Business Development, Canonical.” 

“We’re excited to be one of the first publishers to add our books to the Ubuntu Software Center,” said Paul Boger, Vice President and Publisher, Pearson Technology Group. “This partnership will bring our content to a wider audience of people, and create a central repository for users who want to learn about Ubuntu.” 

“Publishing our magazine titles through the Ubuntu Software Center provides us with a new way to serve our readers globally,” said Brian Osborn, CEO, Linux New Media. “By providing our titles electronically, users can gain immediate access to the content they seek and enjoy it on any number of devices, wherever they are.”

Visit the Ubuntu Software Centre to purchase and download Pearson titles including “The Official Ubuntu Book”, 6/e by Benjamin Hill, Matthew Helmke, Amber Graner and Corey Burger; “Ubuntu Unleashed: 2011 Edition” by Matthew Helmke, Andrew Hudson and Paul Hudson; “The Official Ubuntu Server Book”, 2/e by Kyle Rankin and Benjamin Hill; and “A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux”, 3/e by Mark Sobell.  Linux New Media magazine titles, including Ubuntu User, Linux Magazine,  Smart Developer and ADMIN, will be available from $6.99 USD. 

About Canonical
Canonical provides engineering, online and professional services to Ubuntu partners and customers worldwide. As the company behind the Ubuntu project, Canonical is committed to the production and support of Ubuntu – an ever-popular and fast-growing open-source operating system. It aims to ensure that Ubuntu is available to every organisation and individual on servers, desktops, laptops and netbooks.

Canonical partners with computer hardware manufacturers to certify Ubuntu, provides migration, deployment, support and training services to businesses, and offers online services direct to end users. Canonical also builds and maintains collaborative, open source development tools to ensure that organisations and individuals can participate fully in innovations within the open-source community. For more information, please visit the Canonical website.

About  Linux New Media
Linux New Media, headquartered in Munich, Germany, is one of the world's leading suppliers of Open Source and Professional IT content. Print publications include Ubuntu User, Linux Magazine, ADMIN and Smart Developer, all of which are published in various languages, including English, German, Polish, Portuguese and Spanish. In addition, Linux New Media produces many IT-oriented online products and organizes industry events such as the Open Source area of CeBIT. For more information, please visit www.linuxnewmedia.com 

About Pearson
The world’s leading learning company, Pearson (NYSE: PSO) is home to such respected brands as Addison-Wesley Professional, Cisco Press, Exam Cram, IBM Press, Prentice Hall Professional, Que, and Sams Publishing, which have as their online publishing arm, InformIT (www.informit.com) – The Trusted Technology Learning Source. In addition, Berkeley-based Peachpit (www.peachpit.com) , the publishing partner for Adobe Press, Apple Certified, and others, publishes best-selling books for creative design professionals.

About Canonical
Canonical engineering and open community governance drive Ubuntus success in client, server andcloud computing - including personal cloud services for consumers. Canonicals vision of a unifiedfree platform in Ubuntu, from phone to cloud, with a family of coherent interfaces for the phone,tablet, TV and desktop, makes Ubuntu the first choice for diverse institutions from public cloudproviders to the makers of consumer electronics, and a favourite among individual technologists.

With developers and engineering centres around the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned topartner with hardware makers, content providers and software developers to bring Ubuntu solutionsto market - from PCs to servers and handheld devices.

Canonical today announced the addition of books and magazines to the Ubuntu Software Center with new content from partners Pearson Technology Group and Linux New Media. The Ubuntu Software Center brings together free and commercial applications, tools and games available for users.

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Ubuntu 12.04 to feature extended support period for desktop users

Press Releases   •   Oct 21, 2011 17:18 BST

Canonical today announced it would be extending the support and maintenance period for its upcoming Long Term Support (LTS) release of Ubuntu for desktop users from three years to five years.

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Canonical engineering and open community governance drive Ubuntu’s success in client, server and cloud computing - including personal cloud services for consumers. Canonical’s vision of a unified free platform in Ubuntu, from phone to cloud, with a family of coherent interfaces for the phone, tablet, TV and desktop, makes Ubuntu the first choice for diverse institutions from public cloud providers to the makers of consumer electronics, and a favourite among individual technologists.

With developers and engineering centres around the world, Canonical is uniquely positioned to partner with hardware makers, content providers and software developers to bring Ubuntu solutions to market - from PCs to servers and handheld devices.


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