Canonical's Ubuntu to Support Google Android?
Let's start with Android's momentum:
During the Ubuntu Developer Summit (May 25-29, Barcelona), Canonical’s Netbook team is set to show Google Android applications running on Ubuntu, according to sources that will attend the conference. Here’s why Canonical is so intrigued by Google’s mobile operating system.
Let’s start with Android’s momentum:
- Google Android now runs on 1 million to 2 million smart phones and other mobile devices, estimates Newsfactor.
- Android sales are expected to grow 900 percent in 2009 vs. 2008, predicts Strategy Analytics.
- Android is expected to debut on consumer netbooks around July, reports ComputerWorld.
- And Dell recently demonstrated Android running on a Mini 10V (though Dell has not announced plans for Android support).
Meanwhile, Canonical continues to promote Ubuntu in the mobile world, including Ubuntu Desktop Edition (for PCs and notebooks), Ubuntu Netbook Remix Edition and Ubuntu for Mobile Internet Devices (MIDs). By the time Microsoft releases Windows 7 in mid- to late-2009, the netbook market in particular could face intense competitive pressures between Google, Microsoft and Canonical.
Opening Arms to Android?
Officially, Canonical has no comment on Android developments at UDS. But the company seems to be developing a strategy to ensure Android and/or Android applications run on Ubuntu — or to ensure Android applications port easily to Ubuntu.
According to an Ubuntu Loco Team member who plans to attend UDS, at least three sessions at the Barcelona event will focus on Android compatibility and strategies. Adds a source close to Canonical, referring to the Ubuntu-Android work: “We’ll share some screen shots/demos [at UDS]. I have no comment on it though — it’s just something we’re playing around with, which is what UDS is about.”
To be sure, Android is only one topic within the broader UDS universe. Adds another Canonical source, Software Partner Manager John Pugh: “UDS is all about defining the key projects for the next release, in this case, Karmic Koala 9.10. There are a number of areas teams are working on…my specific interest is the Ubuntu Server and cloud.”
Stay tuned for more UDS coverage throughout the week.