Ubuntu For Android Will Try To Make Use Of Those Multi-cores In Your Android
This is all sorts of amazing stuff, and something the fiddlers and Ubuntu lovers will love a lot. Canonical has just announced a new product, called Ubuntu for Android. What it does is quite nice, and requires a user to dock-in their Android smartphone.
Starting off, the Android smartphone needs to have more than one core. As in, dual core, at the minimum. Of course, dual core smartphones are all common these days, and quad core smartphones are already on their way. Canonical doesn’t require super high-end stuff, but for you to be able to use their product, you’ll need your smartphone to have a minimum of:
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread or later
- Dual-core 1GHz CPU
- Video acceleration: shared kernel driver with associated X driver; Open GL, ES/EGL
- Storage: 2GB for OS disk image
- HDMI: video out with secondary frame buffer device
- USB host mode
- 512 MB RAM
That’s not a lot, and most of the Android smartphones (upper mid-range and higher) should be able to meet the requirements.
In fact, when Ubuntu for Android starts showing up in smartphones (I’m assuming when it’s released, it’ll be available as a download for the current smartphones), you’ll be able to receive calls on the computer, access the web using the Chromium browser, play videos using the VLC video player and more.