Android was listed as the best-selling smartphone platform worldwide in Q4 2010 by Canalys with over 200 million Android devices in use by November 2011. According to Google's Andy Rubin, as of December 2011 there are over 700,000 Android devices activated every day.
This is the year for Linux on the palmtop!
Linux does certain things very well and has a strong following of people that want those things. But instead of focusing on what *nix systems do well, Canonical is trying to do what Apple does well.
It is, but this is on an Android phone. So replace "people who want to go to the trouble to do so" with "Your telco when they get around to doing it."
I'm just a dude with an Android phone and thought this looked pretty cool -- I don't understand 95% of the comments in here. My questions are: would this run on my G2, and how much for a dock and monitor?
Almost as bad as the Android "IT IS OPEN SOURCE EXCEPT WHEN IT ISN'T" cult.
Part of the problem with Unity is that it's designed to accommodate portable devices, so it uses your screen space like it's built for a phone. Everything is full screen, single window, the icons hide themselves, and so on.
I believe that all the UI teams for Linux more or less simultaneously went insane. Instead of keeping their users happy, they decided to fuck those users over totally to go chasing people that DIDN'T use Linux.
If only... then Unity would look like Windows 7, which would be a huge improvement. Stupid people don't understand, they follow rules. "Searching" for an application is much more complicated and requirs more thought than "pull down menu and go 8 lines down in the list." Combine that with "clippy" style ai-prediction of what you want and the Unity "global menu" is a user interface clusterfuck for stupid people.
I guess I am the "someone, somewhere" that Ubuntu for Android is being developed for. I kind of like the idea of One Device to Rule Them All, and I will probably try it out at some point. I dunno if it's a good strategic focus for Canonical, and I don't particularly care.
* Easy to integrate with existing Android phones in development
* Drive adoption of 4G handsets since office apps shine with low latency and higher bandwidth
* Drives sales of multi-core phones with faster CPUs
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