October 17, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
Back at XDA:DevCon 2013, Ubuntu community manager Jono Bacon gave a talk about the future of Ubuntu on mobile devices. Also at the conference, Ubuntu coder Michael Hall held a Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop aimed at spurring and fostering application development for the soon-to-be-ready platform. Both of these presentations can now be viewed online. Fast forward a few months, and Ubuntu for phones is now available for its first two devices.
Coinciding with the desktop Ubuntu 13.10 release, Ubuntu for phones is now officially available for installation on the Google Nexus 4 and Samsung Galaxy Nexus. The release bills itself as being feature complete, with quite a few bells and whistles available including gesture control for multitasking and regularly used apps, click packages, cloud photo storage, easy access to search from anywhere, extensive personalization possibilities, and a set of APIs with which to build new applications. And because all of the included core applications run natively rather than through an interpreter, Ubuntu promises high levels of performance.
While today’s release is a very big step forward, not everything is fully baked just yet. Only two devices are currently supported. And even for those devices, the experience isn’t quite perfect. For starters airplane mode and a lock screen have not yet been added. And remember the promise of convergent computing where a smartphone can function as a complete PC, as long as it meets the minimum requirements? Well, that’s not yet available. Despite the limitations, today’s release is quite exciting. It’s always nice to see other software options available for the devices that some of us already own.
Head over to the Ubuntu for Phones splash page and follow the relatively simple instructions. More information about the specific capabilities and limitations in today’s release can be found here. Finally, those looking into community-based progress on Ubuntu for Phones for other devices should head over to the Ubuntu Touch Wiki.
[Thanks to User Experience Admin svetius for the tip!]
October 9, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Last week, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan showed us how to work with developing an app in the upcoming Ubuntu Touch OS. Of course, developing an App for a device or operating system is always easier if you have a device to test it on. Luckily, Google released a new version of the Nexus 7, and the market is full of old Nexus 7s you can pick up for cheap.
In this video, Jordan shows you how to install Ubuntu Touch on an original Nexus 7 (2012) device. This will allow you to try Ubuntu Touch out as an operating system or even push apps to for testing your development. So if you have an old Nexus 7 (2012) or you want to try Ubuntu Touch, check this video out!
October 2, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
In the past, XDA Developer TV has made videos showing you how to build an Android App. We even made videos showing you how to build a Windows Phone app, back when Windows Phone was new and had a chance. At our first Developer conference Ubuntu Staff Member Michael Hall gave a presentation on Ubuntu Touch.
On October 17th, Ubuntu Touch will reach version 1.0. This is a big deal. Given the interest in the new mobile operating system XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan has started a series showing you how to build an Ubuntu Touch app. Jordan has already created a video on how to set up the Ubuntu SDK on your computer, but today he shows you how to start working with an application for Ubuntu Touch. Check out this video.
September 19, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Continuing our little jaunt in the presentations we recorded and uploaded for your enjoyment from XDA:DevCon 2013, we present some great footage covering presentations from Ubuntu. As we all know, Ubuntu has been working hard to get Ubuntu on to mobile devices. They even had a failed Indiegogo campaign to make a device. The Indiegogo campaign is referenced in the video because this was recorded while the campaign was still ongoing.
The first presentation was from Ubuntu’s own Community Manager Jono Bacon. As the Ubuntu Community Manager, Jono is leading a team that grows, inspires, and enthuses the global Ubuntu community—a community numbering the hundreds of thousands. In his presentation “Building a Convergent Future With Ubuntu,” Jono talks about what Canonical and Ubuntu’s vision is for the future of computing. By having Ubuntu on your phone, tablet, and computer; they strive to have you be able to be productive no matter where you are. Start a document on one device and pick up the completion on another. Ubuntu isn’t afraid of the obstacles against them. When asked “Why would you go up against Android,” they often reply, “Think about the mobile device landscape over 5 years ago, Blackberry was huge and Android was just starting.” To hear more about Ubuntu’s vision for the future, check out the video.
Ubuntu realizes that even with the most fine-tuned mobile operating system with many great features and facets, your ecosystems needs apps. So to help grow the app selection, Ubuntu employee and coding addict Michael Hall presented the “Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop.” Michael is an open source software developer, community manager, and technology evangelist. He has extensive experience in developing desktop and web-based software in a large variety of languages and frameworks, and contributes to a number of open source projects and communities. He is ideally suited to talk about the features and benefits of Ubuntu Touch. Additionally, he creates an app for Ubuntu Touch and demonstrates how anyone can create an app themselves, or add-on to his app in the spirit of open source.
If you want to see more or get a copy of the presentations slides, visit the XDA:DevCon Presentations page.
August 26, 2013 By: Will Verduzco
We’ve talked a little bit about Ubuntu Touch in the past. If you’ve got the operating system loaded onto your device, you may wish to check out the unofficial XDA-Developers app created by Michael Hall over at Canonical, who gave a talk during XDA:DevCon 2013.
The application, which is available from the Dash, is available to anyone running the latest version of Ubuntu Touch. Currently the application all0ws you to browse the forums in a streamlined manner. More importantly, however, all of the code is available on the project’s LaunchPad so you can see how they made the app and build from this in your own app.
If you have a device loaded with Ubuntu Touch, give the unofficial XDA app a shot. While you’re at it, visit Michael Hall’s Google+ post on the subject as well.
[Thanks to XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler for the tip!]
August 14, 2013 By: Adam Outler
The line between an OS and an application is drawn by the ability to install applications. The Ubuntu Touch OS is in a state of constant evolution. The current system is dependent upon Click packages. Click packages are similar to the old Debian packaging system. However in the Click system, all dependencies are included in the application itself. This creates a sort of sandbox, which allows the app to have its own filesystem that it controls in a similar fashion to the Android /data partition.
One such Click Package is the XDA Developers App (unofficial). This app was featured by Michael Hall during his talk at XDA:DevCon 2013. It is fully open source, and source is available on Launchpad. Michael is very passionate about application development on the mobile Ubuntu OS, and he gave an interesting presentation about how one could begin development on Ubuntu Touch. This particular app interacts directly with the XDA-Developers Website APIs rather than through Tapatalk or other 3rd party clients.
Michael Hall stated in his presentation that it took about a day for him to create a basic browsing application for the XDA forums. Michael is also welcoming contributions to the project. Setting up the SDK for development is fairly easy, as long as you have UDEV rules established. And for anyone familiar with QT development or HTML 5, you should be able to hop right into developing an app for Ubuntu Touch. So you only need a launchpad account to contribute to this open-source project.
You may be asking yourself, “Why Launchpad?” The answer is simple. Launchpad provides revision control and build control systems. The launchpad system also allows you to build apps that are featured in their own easily-added apt-get open source repository as well. If you’re already a Git user, you will find Bazaar to be easy. The advantage is that you can release nightly builds in several different release formats easily.
The Ubuntu Click apps market is opening shortly, and if you want to have one of the first Ubuntu Touch applications, your time is running out. Starting with Ubuntu 13.10, you can expect to see the Click packages beginning to work their way into Ubuntu, allowing for enhanced security and non-sudo installation. So if you want to start developing for Ubuntu Touch, now is the time.
June 27, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Android has become the dominant mobile operating system. Many of us love Android, but that doesn’t mean we should ignore any new mobile OSes that may come along. What if we ignored Android when it was first released? In that spirit of support of new ideas, XDA has added forums for other OSes such as Ubuntu Touch, and we are having some discussions about Ubuntu Touch at XDA:DevCon 2013.
We already know the Ubuntu Community Manager Jono Bacon will be discussing Building a Convergent Future With Ubuntu. But what if you want to learn how to develop for Ubuntu Touch? Is there some kind of workshop you can attend? There is!
Open Source software developer, community manager, and technology evangelist Michael Hall will be holding an Ubuntu Touch Development Workshop at XDA:DevCon 2013. Working for Canonical, maker of the popular Ubuntu operating system, and experienced in Perl, Java, PHP and Python languages and a number of desktop applications and libraries, he was responsible for promoting development of Ubuntu itself and the applications that run on it. He led projects to improve integration with Ubuntu’s flagship Unity desktop among desktop and web application and Canonical’s Skunkworks initiative, which brought in select community contributors to work on unannounced projects being developed internally.
When Ubuntu announced their plans to enter the mobile phone and tablet market and released an early preview of their SDK, Michael took a leading role in bringing it to application developers and working with Ubuntu engineers to extend and improve on the developer toolkit. He has overseen the collaborative development of a number of core applications for Ubuntu’s mobile offering, bringing community developers together with Canonical staff to plan, develop, and deliver high quality and visually stunning apps.
With all this experience in hand, he will be leading a workshop on getting started with Ubuntu Touch development. During this workshop, he will present the new Ubuntu SDK, what it has to offer mobile application developers, and how you can use it to create your own apps for Ubuntu devices of all sizes. You will be shown how to get a development environment setup, install the SDK, and where to find extra help and documentation. Finally, you will be shown step-by-step how to develop a working real-world Ubuntu Touch app, so bring your Ubuntu laptop (or VM) to code along!
June 21, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Responses fom Ubuntu pouring into Ubuntu Touch Q&A thread! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news are two articles about Pearl Chen and Mark Murphy talking at XDA:DevCon 2013 and the review of the Oppo Find 5 now that it is more widely available in North America.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Kevin released a video talking about controlling your device with your Voice, XDA Elite Recognized Developer AdamOutler released a video all about CASUAL, and TK did an app review of four home automation apps. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
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June 17, 2013 By: jerdog
Ubuntu has become the most successful *nix distribution for a number of reasons, with perhaps the most important being community engagement. Ubuntu’s Community actively encourages participation, collaboration, and contribution; and the user community has responded well over the years.
Ubuntu has continued this tradition of working with the community with their approach to Ubuntu Touch, and the recent news that they would be actively seeking out questions from the XDA user community and having their engineers respond directly on XDA. After just one day, there were well over 100 questions. And as it stands now, there are just shy of 200 questions in slightly over one week. True to their word, Ubuntu engineers have in fact begun answering those questions in the thread. Here are a few of the most popular questions asked (and answered) so far:
Is there any plan to make a final version of ubuntu touch for nexus series?
The 13.10 release will be the first official release for the four targeted Nexus devices.
Are there plan to merge works from Meego/Harmattan community? since both are deb based?
Any works from Meego or Mer that can be leveraged would be welcome, we constantly look for existing solutions.For example the File Manager app is using a QML plugin from Mer/Nemo, which is descended from Meego.
1. Will ubuntu touch support existing android applications?
2. Will it be possible for every device to run ubuntu touch like the desktop os supporting most configurations?
3. Will my device supported for future versions of the OS or a device per OS policy?
1- Ubuntu Touch is a very different product than Android, there are common things in the plumbing but that is about it.
2- The desktop world and the device world are very different, so in practice no.
3- For minor updates I would say yes, for major updates it would probably work like in the industry (I’m not a subject matter expert to answer this one). That said, the community can take core of making sure it is.
For more answers, or to submit your questions, make sure to subscribe to the thread. And if you want to hear more about Ubuntu’s future plans, make sure to register (hint: discount link) for XDA:DevCon and hear Ubuntu’s Community Manager Jono Bacon speak about Ubuntu Unification.
June 17, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
Community Manager Jono Bacon is scheduled to talk about Ubuntu Unification at XDA:DevCon 2013! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about NFC tag actions on your phone and how to find if there is an Ubuntu Touch build for your device.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video talking about how a rookie can win a hackathon and he talks about women learning coding. Pull up a chair and check out this video.
June 15, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you’ve been paying attention to the latest Ubuntu developments, you will know that Canonical is trying to unify the experiences between your different devices—from phones to tablets to computers. We are excited to announce that Ubuntu will be represented at XDA:DevCon 2013 by a well-known man in the open source community, Jono Bacon.
If you don’t know, Jono Bacon is a leading community manager, engineering manager, consultant, and author. Working as the Ubuntu Community Manager at Canonical, he leads a team that grows and inspires the global Ubuntu community numbering in the hundreds of thousands.
Bacon is a prominent author and speaker on community management and best practice, and he wrote the bestselling The Art of Community, is the founder of Community Leadership Summit (the primary annual conference for community managers and leaders), and is a regular keynote speaker at events about community management, leadership, and best practice.
Bacon was the co-founder of the popular LugRadio podcast, which ran for four years with more than 2 million downloads and 15,000 listeners, as well as spawning five live events in both the UK and the USA, and co-founded the Shot Of Jaq podcast. He is also the founder of the Ubuntu Accomplishments, Jokosher, Acire, Python Snippets, and Lernid software projects.
When you attend XDA:DevCon 2013, you will hear a new talk from Jono Bacon. He will present the vision of a single, ubiquitous, free and open OS that Ubuntu is working on that spans phone, tablets, desktops, and TVs. This vision is built from a central code-base, and a consistent yet responsive design across these different form factors. In the presentation, Bacon will present where Ubuntu stands today, how Canonical is working with the XDA community, the new application developer community that is forming, and the roadmap for the next year.
A couple of months ago, Ubuntu Touch was unveiled for mobile devices to much hype and excitement. Along with the announcement, a handy porting guide and accompanying source code were introduced to the members of the dev community who were interested in testing the developers preview of the device. The porting process turned out to be somewhat similar to building a CM10.1-based Rom.
Fast forward 3 months and you have yourself an entire list of devices that have had a taste of Ubuntu Touch. Compiled by XDA Senior Member TingTingin, the list of 41 different devices include the familiar Nexus family of the 4, 7, 10 and Galaxy, the Xperia S and Neo V, the HTC EVO 4G and Sensation, and interestingly the Samsung Wave and Wave 2 that shipped with the Bada operating system.
All credit for the ports go to their respective developers, and it’s great to see the enthusiasm and altruism they have displayed with these works. Also please be aware that many of these ports require some pretty complicated processes to install successfully, especially for users who may be new to this.
So if you would like to check out which devices are supported, visit the compilation in the original post. After all, you may even find yours on the list. If you have any further questions regarding Ubuntu Touch, make sure to bring them up with the Ubuntu engineers at their Q&A.
June 10, 2013 By: Jimmy McGee
If you were waiting for S-Off to be available on the HTC One, your wait is over! That and more are covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week’s news is an article about NFC on your phone and news about Ubuntu Engineers answering your questions.
Jordan talks about the other videos released this week on XDA Developer TV. XDA Developer TV Producer Jayce released a video interviewing Gary Vaynerchuk and he follows it up with a video on tips and tricks for using Social Media for career advancement as a Software developer. Pull up a chair and check out this video.