New Ubuntu for Android video surfaces, phones no where to be seen (click for full article) Nov. 15, 2012 (11:40 am) By: Russell Holly Ubuntu for Android: "It's not uncommon to hear of a smartphone referred to as a tiny computer. Every day these machines grow more powerful, and the software that powers them adapts to allow users to treat them like computers. Motorola and Ubuntu have both supported variations of the same idea in the past, where you connect your smartphone to a keyboard and a monitor and the phone becomes a desktop OS. Motorola may have abandoned their WebTop OS and the hardware that supported it, but Ubuntu is keeping the dream alive. The idea that your phone would straddle the mobile world and the desktop world is exciting. It sets a unique mindset for enterprise workstations that simultaneously decreases cost and dramatically decrease the number of supported devices for any system admin. Ubuntu is clearly looking to attract that group as their primary market, but it also doesn't hurt to try and get the general consumer excited about it first. This video that demonstrates what a great world it would be if our entire computing existence was on one piece of equipment. The only problem now is that Ubuntu doesn't actually have a product to deliver yet. If you follow the video to its home, you land at the Ubuntu for Android website. The animated characters from the video are replaced with a much more professional looking example of an smartphone running what appears to be a variant of Android 2.3 and Ubuntu on the screen next to it. It's made abundantly clear that multi-core phones can handle this with no problems. The only thing they need now are manufacturers willing to help make this a reality. The "Get in touch" button at the top and bottom of the page link you to a contact form for handset manufacturers and network operators to reach out and collaborate with the Ubuntu team. Ubuntu for Android remains a really cool idea, but not one that is likely to manifest anytime soon as something users will be able to take advantage of. There's a lot of unanswered questions about Canonical's approach to Ubuntu for Android, particularly why the company seems uninterested in working with the ROM developer community that currently has millions of active users. Until there are supported devices, Ubuntu for Android will remain a really cool sounding pipe dream."