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Meizu to show off Ubuntu version of the MX4 smartphone at the MWC

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Meizu MX4 Ubuntu

Ubuntu Touch has been available for quite some time now. Canonical, the developers behind Ubuntu, have partnered with a number of manufacturers to show off the software on their devices. It seems like Chinese manufacturer Meizu will be the latest to join the list of companies to support Ubuntu.

The company will reportedly show off the software on the MX4 flagship which was announced in September last year. The two companies have been believed to be working on the software for a long time now, so it was only a matter of time before Meizu unveiled hardware running on Ubuntu.

It’s not clear yet if the Ubuntu Edition MX4 will be available for purchase on a global scale, but considering the popularity of the smartphone in the Asian markets, we’re hoping they will be available for sale subsequently.

The Android version of the MX4 is currently available online for roughly around $350, so we can expect a similar price tag for the Ubuntu version as well.

The Meizu MX4 packs a 5.36 inch 1080p display, 20.7-megapixel camera on the back, 2GB of RAM, 16/32/64GB of internal storage, an octa core MediaTek MT6595 chipset and a 3,100 mAh battery.

Source: @MEIZU – Twitter

Via: GSM Arena

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Can Now Run On Linux-Based SlateKit Base OS

Do you still have the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet lying around? If you want to tinker around with it then maybe you may want to try to change its operating system from Android to Linux. While this can already be done with Ubuntu, another Ubuntu-based operating system can also be installed on the tablet called SlateKit Base.

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Changing an operating system of a device gives it a new feel and brings a feeling of excitement for the users as they try to explore the new features. The SlateKit Base OS while really intended for developers wanting to build their own custom tablet interface can also be tried by anyone who wants to try it out. Since the version released is still a technical preview there are a few bugs here and there. It however already supports several basic functions and comes with a built-in web browser, lock screen, and on-screen keyboard.

If you are willing to give this OS a shot here’s what you need.

Prerequisite

  • Nexus 7 “razor” [2013] (WiFi)
  • Android 4.4.2 (KOT49H)
  • rooted and adb shell access

Installation

  • Download the image: slatekit-flo-0423.zip (146.7 MB)
  • Unzip files to /data, make sure busybox has executable permission
  • Start the UI by: ./chroot.sh

Technical Details

  • a minimal Ubuntu root filesystem (Trusty/armhf)
  • Qt 5.2.1 and Oxide 1.0 (Chromium content API wrapper)
  • libhybris for hardware accelerated graphics
  • hwcomposer QPA from Mer project

The goal of SlateKit Base is to give developers a fresh system where they could develop their own interface using JavaScript, Qt, or HTML. The built-in browser is based on Chromium while the root file system is based on Ubuntu 14.04 which is the latest stable release with long term support.

In theory SlateKit Base OS should be able to run on any device running on Android 4.4 KitKat with HW composer 1.1/1.2aside from the Google Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. Developer Ping-Hsun Chen is now working on an installer that can be used on other such devices.

Google Nexus 7 (2013) Technical Specifications

  • 7-inch LED-backlit IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 16M colors
  • Android 4.4.2
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Krait CPU
  • Adreno 320 GPU
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 5 MP autofocus camera with face detection; 1080p video recording @ 30fps
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 16/32GB internal storage
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n support
  • NFC connectivity
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • microUSB port with USB host and TV-out (1080p) support, MHL, charging
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope and proximity sensor
  • Wireless charging (Qi charging standard)
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Built-in stereo speakers
  • 3950 mAh battery

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Ubuntu Edge smartphone fails to reach $32M goal

The Ubuntu Edge smartphone was unable to reach its fixed funding goal of $32 million on Indiegogo. Its campaign to fund the dual OS device ended today. Canonical, the team behind the Ubuntu Edge smartphone, says that that despite the failure, the campaign brought about many positive things.

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Support

Canonical thanked its backers, which number around 20,000. The backers of the Ubuntu Edge raised a total of $12,809,906 in funds. This allowed them to break the record for the largest amount of funds pledged in a crowdfunding campaign. However, given that the campaign was a failure, the Pebble smartwatch campaign, which raised $10.2 million, holds the record for the largest amount of funds raised.

In its statement on the crowdfunding website, Canonical revealed that its backers are composed not just of individuals, but companies, as well. Bloomberg LP, for instance, their largest contributor, pledged $80,000 for the campaign. Other smaller businesses likewise pledged $7,000 each.

Canonical also expressed its gratitude to the Ubuntu community for their support. The Ubuntu community, according to Canonical, promoted support for the mobile device through websites, mailing lists, and social media.

This huge amount of support that the Ubuntu Edge smartphone received showed that plenty of people want Ubuntu on their mobile devices. Canonical assured consumers that this fact will not go unnoticed. In the coming year, they expect other Ubuntu-based handsets to be released. Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth even stated in an interview with The Guardian that some manufacturers have already shown interest in producing affordable smartphones with Ubuntu Mobile OS. There is no mention, however, of another upcoming smartphone that runs both Android and Ubuntu Mobile OS.

Future

Canonical had earlier announced that if the ambitious $32 million goal is not met, the company would not produce the Ubuntu Edge. All funding contributed to the campaign would be returned. In the most recent update on Indiegogo, the company announced that the refunds will be sent via Paypal, and will be processed within five working days.

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Canonical Ubuntu Edge sets new crowdfunding record

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Canonical Ubuntu Edge has set a new record as the highest-earning fixed crowdfunding campaign on Indiegogo. It has surpassed the record set by the Pebble smartwatch by raising $10,671,147 in funds even before its campaign ends on August 21st, or five days from today. Pebble, for its part, raised $10,266,845 for its smartwatch, and held its title for more than a year.

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Canonical Ubuntu Edge

That said, the amount raised by Canonical is still less than its goal of $32,000,000. Given that it has a fixed crowdfunding campaign, Ubuntu Edge will only get funds if it raises such amount by August 21st. Still, it is a great feat for Canonical, which also raised $3,000,000 in only twelve hours after the campaign was launched.

On its Indiegogo page, Canonical gave a shout out to the top contributing nations to its campaign. These are the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, Australia, Netherlands, Sweden, France, Switzerland, and Norway, in that order. Canonical reports that over 14,500 Ubuntu Edge pledges have been made by its backers. The lowest amount that backers may contribute is $20, which enables the backer to be part of the Ubuntu Edge community, and have access to updates. Meanwhile, the largest contribution it has ever received is $80,000, which was made by Bloomberg. $50 gets a backer an Ubuntu Edge T-Shirt while $695 entitles one to the smartphone. This smartphone had been repriced from $895 to the current offering just earlier this month. Such device will also come with a year’s subscription to LastPass Premium, and is estimated to be shipped in May 2014. $7,000 is the cost of an Enterprise Starter Kit, which includes 10 Ubuntu Edge smartphones. $10,000, meanwhile, will entitle a backer to the first 50 Ubuntu Edge smartphones to be produced.

If you are not familiar with the Canonical Ubuntu Edge,  it is a device that dual-boots into Ubuntu Mobile OS and Android, and runs Ubuntu Desktop OS when attached to a display. Among its specifications are a a 4.5-inch HD scratch-proof sapphire crystal display, 128GB of internal storage space, 4GB of RAM, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery, and a multi-core processor. Here is the link to its Indiegogo page if you want to be a backer.

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Crowdfunding the Ubuntu Edge: Is it worth your US$830?

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Crowdfunding Ubuntu Edge

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Should you invest US$830 in trying to fund the creation of the Ubuntu Edge? For the first 5,000 takers or twenty-four hours, you could sign up for an Ubuntu Edge, to be delivered in May 2014 for US$600. The first 5,040 takers were signed up for an Ubuntu Edge in less than thirteen hours. The price of entry is now US$830. A bit over twenty-four hours into this crowdfunding initiative, US$3.5 million has been committed. For the Ubuntu Edge to become reality, another US$28.5 million has to be raised in twenty-nine days.

If you have not yet read the first part of this article, you should follow this link, and see whether the concept behind the Ubuntu Edge, interests you. If the concept does interest you, the next question is– “Is it worth your money?”

I won’t waste your time. In my opinion, no smartphone is worth US$830. Well not unless it can sing, dance and wash your car for you all at the same time. There is nothing wrong with the announced hardware specifications for the Ubuntu Edge. The phone will have an impressive amount of RAM and storage, at 4 GB and 128 GB, respectively. It will be powered by a multi-core processor and have dual channel LTE. Even the selection of the display, a 4.5-inch 720p display seems like a good choice. I am not sold on the need for ultra large smartphones or 1080p displays myself.

Again, the problem is, no smartphone is worth US$830. So, if I were to invest right now, and wait a year for my unit. It is likely that after I get mine in May 2014, a few weeks later, others can buy the same phone for a much more reasonable price. Even the US$600 early adopted price seemed a bit steep. The Bill of Materials of a top of the line smartphone for the Apple iPhone is at about US$199, while the Samsung Galaxy S4 is at about US$229. So if I were an early investor in the Ubuntu Edge project, I would not want to have to pay more than US$400 or US$500. After all, I am committing my money about nine months in advance. I might be willing to pay US$600 to US$700 for it, at retail next year.

Basically, I feel like early investors are being asked to take one for the team.

If this concept catches on, Ubuntu for Android can be licensed to other Android manufacturers. It might even be released into the market before the Ubuntu Edge. A Samsung Galaxy S V “Ubuntu Edition”, might be more interesting, and cheaper, than the US$830 I will need to fork out now for the Ubuntu Edge.

If the concept does not catch on, and the funding goal is reached, I will get an interesting phone without much hardware to support it. Ubuntu should be offering the Ubuntu Edge with a desktop dock which plugs into your LCD TV, and a lapdock accessory too. That way, I would be guaranteed on getting the complete package. Right now, my US$830 might get me a very interesting phone, without the accessories which make it interesting.

Worse, I might get strung along for a long ride. After this project is successfully funded, I might see another crowdfunded project for the Ubuntu Edge Dock, and a month later, the Ubuntu Edge Lapdock. I think Canonical should just have taken a loan for US$50 million, and quietly build the phone, the dock and the lapdock. Then in an event next May, unveil the Ubuntu Edge and say: “It is available for US$649, today! It has a dock, available for US$50, today! It has a lapdock, available for US$149, today!” That would have given Mark Shuttleworth his Steve Jobs moment.

Instead, the question today, is do you love Ubuntu, US$830 worth?

Ubuntu Edge: Has the age of the SmartBrick arrived?

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In a nutshell, this is what the Ubuntu Edge is: potentially, the world’s first SmartBrick.

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The Ubuntu Edge smartphone is the embodiment of all the aspirations Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu Founder and Chief Guru, has for Canonical and its Ubuntu Linux operating system. In 2011, foreseeing the decline of the desktop market, Canonical embarked on a project to take the Ubuntu desktop operating system mobile. The initiative, announced in February 2012 was Ubuntu for Android.

Essentially, Ubuntu for Android would piggyback an Ubuntu operating system on an Android phone. As a phone, the device would operate like any other device. Connected to a monitor, keyboard and mouse, the Ubuntu operating system would take over, and you would have a fully functional desktop. When docked as the desktop, files, apps and other phone functionality like voice calls and SMS are shared between the two. For example, if an SMS message is sent to the phone while docked, the SMS pops up in Ubuntu. Proof of the concept was shown with Ubuntu for Android running on a Motorola Atrix. The technology appeared good to go. It was simply a matter of finding an interested Android manufacturer. Unfortunately, there was none.

Earlier this year, Canonical announced another mobile project, Ubuntu Phone OS. Ubuntu Phone OS appears to be based on Android. When my opinion was asked by a Linux publication about the new Ubuntu Phone OS, I felt it was a mistake and what Canonical should do is build an Android phone, with Ubuntu for Android onboard. Well, here it is. Sort of. Whether the Ubuntu Edge ever sees the light of day depends on whether it can get US$28.5 million more in funding in the next twenty-nine days.

The World’s First SmartBrick?

The Ubuntu Edge gives you a choice of booting into Android or Ubuntu Phone OS, and whatever mobile operating system you choose to run, plugged to a monitor or a lapdock, it gives you a full desktop operating system. This seems to be the modern day embodiment of the “CPU Brick” envisioned by PCMag’s Tim Bajarin. One multicore processor to rule them all.

Sometimes, I think all this might have generated more interest, if you had Windows 7 piggybacking on an Android or Windows Phone device, or Mac OS X piggybacking on an iPhone. Ubuntu is not the most popular desktop operating system in the world.

In a nutshell, this is what the Ubuntu Edge is: potentially, the world’s first SmartBrick. An Android phone, which can be plugged into peripherals to make it an Ubuntu Linux desktop. Do you want it? If the answer is no, you can stop reading here. If you do, continue to the next part of this article and see if it is worth it.

Ubuntu Edge by the Numbers: Twelve Hours and US$3 Million

concepts-1Twelve hours ago, Canonical started its campaign to crowd source funding for its first smartphone, the Ubuntu Edge. This is probably the most ambitious crowd sourcing campaign in history. Canonical aims to raise US$32 million in thirty days. In less than thirteen hours, Canonical has raised a tad over US$3 million. Those contributing US$600 for the phone, are expected to take delivery of their Ubuntu Edge handsets in May 2014. The offer at US$600 is open to the first 5,000 takers and only for the first 24 hours. After that, those wanting to fund this project will have to fork out US$830.

The Ubuntu Edge has the following specifications (subject to change):

– Dual boot Ubuntu mobile OS and Android
– Fully integrated Ubuntu desktop PC when docked
– Fastest multi-core CPU, 4GB RAM, 128GB storage
– 4.5in 1,280 x 720 HD sapphire crystal display
– 8mp low-light rear camera, 2mp front camera
– Dual-LTE, dual-band 802.11n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, NFC
– GPS, accelerometer, gyro, proximity sensor, compass, barometer
– Stereo speakers with HD audio, dual-mic recording, Active Noise Cancellation
– MHL connector, 3.5mm jack
– Silicon-anode Li-Ion battery
– 64 x 9 x 124mm

I will take a closer look at this phone and offer later. But in case any of you want to avail of the offer, there are less than 100 slots, and about 11 hours left, to avail of this handset at US$600.

Interested in the Edge? Follow this link.

Dell offers Alienware X51 gaming Pc running Ubuntu Linux OS

dellADell-alienware-x51-gaming-desktop-pc-ubuntu-linux-620x266Dell adds new range of Alienware gaming PCs to its portfolio; the company started off by offering Alienware Laptops & PCs for Windows users but for now PCs will come with Ubuntu Linux OS installed as standard. Meanwhile Ubuntu is experimenting with its smartphone structured OS; another happy news strikes the market with the availability of Dell gaming PCs with Ubuntu OS. Ubuntu powered Alienware  X51 PCs are currently offered to US market; starting from Intel powered Core i3-3320 chipset along with 1 GDDR5 Nvidia GeFore GTX 645 at $599 to powerful Intel Core i7-3770 chipset 3.4 GHZ Quad Core along with 1.5GB Nvidia GeForce GTX 660 at $1049.

The new “giant” series by Dell will be small for factor (SFF) enabled will be offered in tower as well as flat orientation. The machines are quite heavy; weight 5.5Kg with dimensions as H: 343mm tapering to 318mm, D: 318mm, W: 95mm. Worthy to mention here about Steam’s Big Picture Mode “With over 25 gaming titles available and more being added, users can access Steam For Linux to play online games, including your favourite titles like Team Fortress 2 and Serious Sam 3” says Dell.

Machines are being advertised with slogan “the ultimate gaming hardware” for open-source Linux OS i.e. Ubuntu. Distinctive feature is the massive power brick. As for now, Dell has offered affordable gaming machines for Ubuntu powered systems. Dell’s this offering is making news, since the machines comes with Ubuntu pre-installed gamers raising questions about smooth gaming experience on Ubuntu as they have on Microsoft’s Windows. However if Ubuntu satisfies the urge of games, a big question mark is there for windows future since Ubuntu is grabbing enough users to its OS.

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Canonical to launch Ubuntu based tablets

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Canonical has decided to race against Android and iOS for the top spot in the tablet zone. The company is planning to showcase its two new tablets in the mobile world congress commencing 25th Feb 2013. Canonical has designed two tablets to run on popular operating system Ubuntu. Surprising OS for a tablet but the devices look promising. If rumors hold any water, Canonical will release two versions of the tablet, one that is powered by a dual core processor and a more expensive, high end model that runs on a quad core processor.

Critics brushing off the contribution from Canonical as just another tablet in the tech market are in for a surprise. The Ubuntu based tablets look stylish and come with great new features that will give Samsung and Apple a run for their money. Some of the features offered by these tablets are novel and missing in other tabs like the iPad Mini and Galaxy Note. Canonical boasts of secured multi user accounts, swiping to launch apps, Voice assistance and full support for tablet to PC transformation.

The tablets from Canonical allow users to have a single account for themselves to store all their personal data that is fully encrypted. Owners can create guest accounts for users that share their tablet. There is no home screen or hardware buttons on the tablet. Users can instead swipe right or left to launch a menu of apps that they can choose from. Ubuntu has done away with returning to the homescreen each time an app is to be launched. The tablet’s Heads-Up Display comes with voice assistance that is used to edit movies, documents, audio and images. Lastly, the tablet can be converted into a fully fledged PC with keyboard and mouse attachments.

Unexpected, fully loaded and fresh, Canonical’s tablets will make their mark in a market already packed with tablets from different manufacturers.

Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview Now Available for Download

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Ubuntu Touch or Ubuntu Mobile OS is one of the new mobile OSes under development in 2013. This year has been rightly touted as the year of new mobile OSes as we’re going to see many new platforms surface. To begin with, the Firefox OS is currently seeing widespread coverage, then there’s the Tizen OS jointly developed by Samsung and Intel, and also Jolla’s Sailfish OS which will mark the rebirth of the MeeGo OS. But Ubuntu Mobile is making the most noise as it’s that much closer to launch. The new smartphone OS is far from being perfect, and is a developer only project as you would imagine. Which is why the folks at Canonical (devs of Ubuntu) want to give the developers a taste of this new mobile OS by making it available for download. The OS is now officially available for download and install. Devices like the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the LG Nexus 4, the ASUS Nexus 7 and the Samsung Nexus 10 are compatible with the new OS. So if you have any of these devices as spare handsets, make sure you give the OS a try. But we must reiterate that this is merely a developer preview, which means that it’s far from being the final version of the real thing. In other words, it won’t be snappy or smooth like the modern mobile OS.

The Canonical team claims the new OS to be “very new and unfinished” which is developer talk for “don’t use it unless you know what you’re getting into”. Regardless, it’s a great new OS and we can expect fruitful things from Canonical’s new mobile OS. All of this will be free for all to try though, which is neat and as with the desktop version of Ubuntu, things are pretty simple here too. If at all you are interested in trying out the new OS despite knowing the risks, you must remember that all your data on the device will be wiped and you will have to make a complete backup of the same before flashing the ROM. Shortly in the future, we are going to see apps being developed for the smartphone along with new and improved versions of the OS making its way to the fore. I will reserve my temptation to try out this new ROM until then. Perhaps someday we’ll see Canonical launch standalone Ubuntu OS smartphones, without having to rely on Android’s mercy.

As of now, Ubuntu Touch features the Android Developer Bridge Tool connectivity as well as support for making calls, sending texts, Wi-Fi, some core applications, front and rear cameras along with some other developer tools. So while it might pack all the essential features, it cannot really be used as a daily driver, even though we’re trying to convince ourselves otherwise. But the day is nigh when the OS comes out of alpha and is usable for all. If you’ve got a device to spare, make sure you try the new Touch Ubuntu OS from the source link below by following the download and installation instructions. After you’re done, make sure you drop us a line and let us know about your experience.

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Via: Engadget

Ubuntu Touch for Tablets: Preview Code for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Now Available

Those of us who love to explore technology and like to experiment will know about Ubuntu Linus operating system that was to come for Android tablets and smartphones.  Canonical is the brains behind the development of Ubuntu.  The countdown timer that has been running on the Ubuntu website has ended and the operating system preview for tablets and smartphones is now available – officially.  The tablet version of Ubuntu covers a wide variety of tablets including those of different screen types all the way to TVs.  Each of these previews come with unique user interfaces and presents a simple and elegant way to control the devices and meet user computing needs.

Ubuntu Touch Tablet

The preview codes are built on the Ubuntu core just like all other Ubuntu software and focuses on boosting productivity of the user while enhancing the security of the files, device and the user.  A new twist on the code however is the provision of the multi-tasking capabilities which may give this operating system an edge over most stock Android operating systems.  The nerds will also appreciate that the new code comes with full encryption of files and secure multi-user logins which are an integral part of the Ubuntu operating system.  When these are combined with Ubuntu’s unique display, voice activated controls and gesture-based navigation, the operating system promises to turn your tablet into a clean, magnificent device.

Ubuntu today released the Canonical preview of Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 devices.  However, these will support an array of devices including Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, officially.  With the hardware that devices come with today, even a 6 inch tablet can be turned into a technology powerhouse with the right operating system.  Ubuntu touch will work on tablets with screens between 6 and 20 inches and between 100 and 450 ppi display density.  Does the Ubuntu promise to turn tablets into powerhouse devices?

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, says that the Ubuntu code for tablets is a point where multitasking productivity is engineered to meet rigorous security and elegance to provide an unrivalled tablet experience.

“Our family of interfaces now scales across all screens, so your phone can provide tablet, PC and TV experiences when you dock it. That’s unique to Ubuntu and it’s the future of personal computing.” He said.  Conical Ubuntu was inspired by the desire to develop a device that combines usability and style for the beautiful and powerful tablets in the market today.  The new tablet design raises the bar for elegant presentation and sets the standard for design and engineering for tablets.

Features of the Ubuntu Touch

a)     Real Multitasking

Ubuntu touch allows an application to run on the screen of a phone at the same time as a tablet application.  This side stage was invented to make multitasking both efficient and practical – on both phones and tablets.

 

b)     Secure multi-user accounts

Those who share a smartphone or tablet need to have multiple accounts.  Ubuntu introduces a whole new technology that focuses on securing user data and preventing unauthorized access.  Tablets are very popular today – especially Android tablets – but they have not been adopted in the mainstream commercial world largely because shortage of features, one being multiuser capability.  The Ubuntu security model promises to make the tablets more usable in such institutions as government and private offices, banks, other sensitive environments, schools and homes.

 

c)      Voice controlled HUD

Heads-Up Display is unique to Ubuntu operating system.  This feature makes Ubuntu tablets easier and faster to do – even when executing complex steps on touch devices.  This transforms touch tablets into powerful gadgets that can run feature rich applications and make tablets more usable and more preferable to PCs and tablets.

 

d)     Edge Magic

The screen edges on a Ubuntu Touch is used for navigation – navigating between controls, settings and apps.  This leaves the screen space more organized, cleaner and sleeker.  This feature eliminates the use of physical and soft buttons as it makes the use of touch in navigation and control more elegant.

 

e)     Focus on content

Contrary to ideas you may already have, Ubuntu Touch are perfect not only for official use but also for media playback.  With its content focus, the customizable homescreen makes it easy to search and browse thousands of content in the machine.  It also makes the tablet perfect for those who would like to highlight their content while accessing all other content.

 

f)       Full convergence

One of the most attractive features of the Ubuntu tablet is the screen.  The interface is coded the same way the interfaces for PC, TV and phones, making tablet display able to truly converge.  Ubuntu is designed to ‘scale smoothly’ across every form factor.

 

How to Flash Ubuntu Touch Preview on Your Nexus tablet (with Custom Recovery)

If you have an unlocked Nexus device, you can install Ubuntu touch on it.  Here are instructions on how to flash Ubuntu Touch using Custom Recover.  These steps are pretty simple to follow but remember that this is a developer preview – you will most likely find bugs, some functions that do not work and there may be some risk of failing to install altogether.  If you want to use your tablet the way it is though, do not flash this operating system on your tablet.

 

Instructions to flash Ubuntu on Nexus tablets

1. Your device needs to be unlocked, if it is not, please Google how to.  Once the tablet is unlocked, install Custom Recovery to flash the zip files on your device.

2. Download the right zip file that matches your device.  Choose from manta for Nexus 10, grouper for Nexus 7, mako for Nexus 4 phone and maguro for Galaxy Nexus.

3. Save the zip file on the internal storage of the device.

4. Download the ARMHF zip file and place it on the internal storage.

5. Wipe the data/cache on your tablet.

6. Install the device zip

7. Install the phablet ARMHF zip.

8. Reboot your tablet.

I hope the install works on your tablet.

How to install Native Ubuntu Linux on ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700

One good thing about open source is that millions of people can share ideas to create better outcome. Google Android’s ever-growing community is the perfect example; almost every day new custom ROMs are being released for people who are willing to take the risk to make their devices even better.

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Majority of the developers stick to developing ROMs and mods with better features but some of them deviate to develop some things we haven’t seen before; one developer successfully ported the Native Ubuntu Linux operating system to ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity TF700.

Features

You might ask why you would bother yourself to undertake a very risky process to install Ubuntu on a device built to run Android OS. For geeks, it’s an accomplishment and for those who are seeking to do something different with their Infinity TF700, it’s the features they go after. Now, here are some of the features you can enjoy when you decide to flash Ubuntu into your device.

  • Dual-boot function. It’s cool to think you have options which operating system you want your device to run.
  • 2-finger scrolling. Owners can use two fingers to scroll. The 2-finger tap functions like the third button in a typical mouse.
  • ZIP boot image installer. Installer is made simpler because owners don’t need a USB cable or use fastboot to install apps, mods and ROMs.
  • WiFi. At least, it is good to know you can still browse the web after installing Ubuntu on Infinity.
  • OpenGL ES. This makes Chromium browsing faster and better plus you can enjoy watching 3D clips or play 3D games.
  • Audio/Video enhancement. Developers say there are noticeable improvements to audio and video qualities.

Pre-requisites

  1. All your important data should be backed up prior to taking the first step of the tutorial below. This is necessary to make sure all your SMS messages, videos, files, etc. can be restored if things go bad during the process.
  2. Your device should be rooted and that the ClockworkMod Recovery is installed.
  3. Your tablet should have sufficient battery left to complete the flashing. There is a greater possibility it would be bricked if the process is interrupted.
  4. Make sure all necessary drivers were installed in your computer so your device can be detected properly. You will need to copy files into your tablet and you can’t do so if your machine cannot detect it.

Disclaimer: This is a very risky process and only experienced users are advised to continue. The Droid Guy cannot be held responsible if your device would end up being bricked after the flashing. There is no guarantee everything will work smoothly during the installation, so, it’s on you if you want to continue.

Step-by-step Guide

Step 1: Download these files and save them into your computer: tf700-rootfs-0.7.1.tar.lzma (667Mb) and boot_installer-0.7.1.1.zip (11 Mb). Just put them in a directory you can easily find and access; there’s no need to extract them.

Step 2: Connect your device to your computer using the USB cable and copy the packages into the root directory of the device’s internal memory. After that disconnect your device and turn it off.

Step 3: Boot it into recovery mode and flash boot_installer-0.7.1.1.zip . You need to choose a kernel at this point. While all of them are supposed to work, the most recommended is 1.3-1.8.

Step 4: Once the installation is complete, wipe cache/dalvik.

Step 5: Turn your device off again but this time connect the keyboard dock and boot it into recovery mode. Since you have just installed a new boot loader, you must be seeing penguins while the device loads. After a short while, you will see four options: Android, Linux, Install and Shell.

Step 6: You still need to install so choose press “I” on your keyboard. The device automatically searches for tf700-rootfs-0.7.1.tar.lzma. You need to choose the Ubuntu image size and press “Yes” to confirm.

Step 7: It will take several minutes to complete the installation process. Refrain from touching anything on your device until everything is done to avoid messing up the process.

Step 8: Once the installation is complete, press any key on your keyboard to return to boot options. Press “1” to boot Ubuntu 12.10; the default password is “ubuntu” but you have to change it to your own password for security reason.

This is just one of the ways to install Ubuntu on Pad Infinity TF700. We advise you to visit XDA devs forums to learn other ways to flash this custom OS.

Kite HD Tablet Running Ubuntu Now Up For Pre-Order

While most major manufacturers are releasing various tablet models in the market an Italian company called Italian DaVinci Mobile Technology is releasing the Kite HD tablet which runs on Ubuntu. It’s not using the Ubuntu mobile operating system but the full Ubuntu 12.04 OS that’s also being used in PC’s. The best part of this is that it has a dual boot feature that lets users run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Kite HD Tablet Ubuntu ICS

Kite HD Specification

  • Operating System: Ubuntu 12.04 / Android 4.0 ice cream Sandwich
  • Display: 10.1-inches IPS 1920 x 1200 HD
  • Processor: Samsung Exynos 4412 quad-core 1.4 GHz
  • Graphics: Mali-400MP graphics
  • Memory: 2 GB DDR3
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Camera: 2 MP Rear, front camera available
  • Features: memory card slot, mini-USB 2.0, HDMI

The Kite HD offers impressive specs and we can say that it is far superior to most of the tablets out in the market today. Its high resolution display combined with its use of a quad core processor is an interesting combination. The main selling point for this device though isn’t its hardware but its software. You will be able to boot up initially with Android but then have the option to switch to Ubuntu if you prefer.

The tablet will also have a docking station and a keyboard which are sold separately. These accessories allows for increased productivity while on the move.

Aside from having access to the apps in Google Play this tablet will also be able to access Ubuntu specific apps. Some of the popular software that you will be able to run includes Libre Office, VLC and possibly GIMP just to name a few.

It’s really great to see a device that let’s you have the option to switch between different operating systems. We hope that other manufacturers will follow this soon.

It’s doubtful that the Kite HD will be making its way to the U.S. market as it is sold in Italy . It can now be pre-ordered at the company website for US$ 413.

via notebookitalia

Ubuntu for phones image to come in late February

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Canonical has been working on adapting Ubuntu for touchscreen usage for quite a while now and recently they announced their foray into the mobile space by announcing their plans for Ubuntu for Phone.

The first look at Ubuntu for Phone excites me. Ubuntu for Phone is not just any other smartphone OS, but a fully featured Ubuntu OS with an interface that is designed for touch screen interaction. This project is basically the continuation of Ubuntu for Android project. Since Ubuntu is a complete open source affair, even Ubuntu for Android is an open source project, which means there will be 100% transparency. That also means that individuals can get their hands on updated images of the new mobile operating system and install on their devices.

According to Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth, Ubuntu powered devices will be coming to the market in early 2014, but until then people will be able to load the operating system onto their Android devices and participate in the development effort by reporting bugs and developing apps for the upcoming open source operating system. Although Shuttleworth did say that the images will be made available “in the coming weeks”, exact date wasn’t given, but today Canonical announced that they will be publishing the images by late February. The new word comes from Engineering Manager in Product Strategy for Canonical, Alan Pope.

As of now, we have seen Galaxy Nexus running the true open source mobile OS, but Shuttleworth has already made clear that it should be relatively easier to load the OS onto any Android device available in the market, provided you are ready to lose the manufacturer warranty. The image will obviously not include all the features, and from the demo videos we can make out that the OS is very laggy as of now, but that’s understandable since it is still in its early builds and there is an year worth of work to do in order to polish the software so that in can be installed on a retail device.

As far as the operating system itself goes, the interface is stunning. The interface itself bears little resemblance to the desktop version, apart from the graphical style. The interface is based around swipes and gestures. Canonical has made sure that every bit of the screen real estate is utilized, and as we know, screen is really a scarce resource on a smartphone. The Ubuntu phone site itself calls the experience “immersive,” because it allows more room for the apps themselves. Since apps are the key for success of any platform, Ubuntu is bound to have problems with that and will be plagued by the same disease that affects Windows Phone platform, but the good news is that Ubuntu for Phone is basically Ubuntu OS with an overlay, which means all the existing apps that are available in Ubuntu’s Software Centre will still work on the mobile OS, except that the screens may have to be redesigned, but they need not be rewritten from scratch, which is a good thing. Are you excited about Ubuntu for phone? Let us know in the comment section below.

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