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Tomek Kondrat · Sep 5, 2014

Browse the XDA Forums on Ubuntu Touch with Forum Browser

Unlike other platforms, Android devices often times give you the freedom of installing other operating systems. The Linux kernel is the source of this great freedom, so it's not uncommon to see projects like webOS, LuneOS or Ubuntu Touch ported to Android devices without bigger problems. The last of the aforementioned OSes is definitely not least. Ubuntu Touch has a growing and thriving user base. It's relatively popular, which can be illustrated by the number of official and unofficial ports for multiple devices. If you...

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jerdog · Aug 8, 2014

Ubuntu Back as Sponsor at xda:devcon ’14

Ubuntu, founded in 2004, has a long heritage as the most popular Linux desktop and cloud platform in the world, but in early 2013 they announced their foray into the mobile platform, followed quickly by their announcement of Ubuntu Touch. While it's been a long road, Ubuntu has committed themselves to delivering on this platform with the plan to create a single, convergent Operating System that works across phones, tablets, TVs, and desktops. We were excited to have them sponsor...

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Jimmy McGee · Jan 1, 2014

Top 5 Technology Stories of 2013 – XDA Developer TV

Yesterday, we talked about the exciting technology developments in the mobile device world for this year. And today, XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, XDA-Developers news, and device forums to find what happened this year. He then identified the Top Five Technology Stories of 2013. This includes everything from the trials and tribulations of CyanogenMod in their venture to become Cyanogen Inc. to the rapid expansion of Ubuntu Touch, and much more. So take a moment...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 31, 2013

Top 5 Technology Trends of 2013 – XDA Developer TV

The end of 2013 is here, and it has been an exciting year in the mobile device world. XDA Developer TV Producer Jordan combed through all the headlines, hardware releases, and device developments that happened this year and identified the Top Five Technology Trends for 2013. Everything from expanded mobile OS offerings to great independant mobile device choices, the rapid expansion of wearable technology and Google Glass, and much more. So take a moment to check out today's video and...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 27, 2013

Ubuntu/Android Dual Boot on 4.2+ AOSP, Oppo N1 CyanogenMod Edition Released, Source Available! – XDA Developer TV

You can dual boot Ubuntu and Android on your device with a developer preview release! That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the official CyanogenMod for the Oppo N1 is available, as are the factory images and source code. AOKP KitKat 4.4.2 nightlies are also available for 10 device! That's not all that's covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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Will Verduzco · Dec 23, 2013

Developer Preview Lets You Dual Boot Ubuntu and Android

If you've been wanting to try out Ubuntu on your mobile device but found yourself reluctant to switch to an entirely new ROM, Canonical has a special treat for you. Earlier today, they announced the developer preview of their new dual boot solution, which lets you seamlessly switch between Ubuntu and Android in just a few clicks. Unlike previous solutions that allowed users to switch between Android and Ubuntu, Canonical's new dual boot solution allows users to switch between the...

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Jimmy McGee · Dec 13, 2013

Android 4.4.2 Released, New Chromecast Apps, High End Ubuntu Touch Phones Coming in 2014! – XDA Developer TV

Android 4.4.2 KitKat is now available for the current Google Nexus devices and its source code has been released. That and much more news is covered by Jordan, as he reviews all the important stories from this week. Included in this week's news is the announcement that the LG G Pad 8.3 and Sony Z Ultra now have Google Play Edition Devices and the Ubuntu Touch project has announced future devices. That's not all that covered in today's video! Jordan talks...

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Samantha · Dec 11, 2013

Prepare for Ubuntu Touch Smart Phones in 2014

There was much hype around the unveiling of Ubuntu Touch, Canonical's take on a smartphone OS. People who had been getting a bit bored with Android or were looking for a smartphone experience similar to desktop Ubuntu had their eyes on Ubuntu Edge, an exciting yet highly ambitious crowd-sourced project. Following its unfortunate failure, Canonical decided to soldier on, inking their first deal with a partner to ship smartphones with Ubuntu Touch. As Canonical founder and product strategy leader Mark...

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Will Verduzco · Oct 17, 2013

Ubuntu Officially Available for the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 9, 2013

Installing Ubuntu Touch on the 2012 Nexus 7 – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Oct 2, 2013

Ubuntu Touch Development: Working with the XDA Developers App by Michael Hall – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Sep 19, 2013

Ubuntu Presentations Talk about Future of Ubuntu on Mobile Devices

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...

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Will Verduzco · Aug 26, 2013

Running Ubuntu Touch? Check out the Unofficial XDA App

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,...

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Adam Outler · Aug 14, 2013

Click Packages and Unofficial XDA App Now Available for Ubuntu Touch

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 27, 2013

Developer Evangelist Michael Hall to Teach Ubuntu Touch Development at XDA:DevCon 2013

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 21, 2013

Ubuntu Touch Q&A Responses Available, More DevCon Speakers, Updated Oppo Find Review – XDA Developer TV

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...

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jerdog · Jun 17, 2013

Responses From Ubuntu Pouring Into Ubuntu Touch Q&A Thread

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....

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 17, 2013

Useful NFC Mod for Android, Ubuntu Touch Ports Compilation, More XDA Devcon News! – XDA Developer TV

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...

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Jimmy McGee · Jun 15, 2013

Community Manager Jono Bacon to Talk Ubuntu Unification at XDA:DevCon 2013

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...

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Samantha · Jun 14, 2013

Is there a Ubuntu Touch Build for Your Device?

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...

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