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NewsPoster Apr 30, 2014 07:07 PM
Canonical ceases development of Ubuntu for Android
Canonical is no longer working on <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/308848==http://www.electronista.com/articles/12/02/21/ubuntu.for.android.takes.on.work.developing.world/" rel='nofollow'>Ubuntu for Android</a>, stalled by the lack of a hardware partner. Canonical interface designer Matthew Paul Thomas advised in a now-removed bug report that the project, which would have seen Ubuntu run on a smartphone, is "no longer in development" and the Ubuntu for Android page "should be retired."<br />
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The project launched in 2012, promising to give a full Ubuntu Linux desktop with a windowed environment when the smartphone is docked and connected with a HDMI display and USB keyboard. Users would be able to use the Chromium web browser, social networking, the Thunderbird e-mail client, and VLC, among other apps, with the option to run Android apps and access a shared contacts database. <br />
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Canonical <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/308843==http://www.androidauthority.com/ubuntu-for-android-limbo-374454/" rel='nofollow'>told</a> <em>Android Authority</em> it thought its smartphone work "show a desire in the market place for Ubuntu, and an Ubuntu for Android solution would be a good way for it to reach users." After describing the development of Ubuntu for Android as "complete," it advised it requires a launch partner "in order to make the necessary modifications on the Android side," though it is currently not in discussions with potential partners. <br />
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The company is still working to develop <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/308844==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/01/02/popular.linux.distro.moves.to.smartphones/" rel='nofollow'>Ubuntu for Phones</a>, an operating system that worked on its own, without using Android. The "for Phones" version is being the main focus of Canonical right now, with the company having already <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/308845==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/12/11/in.discussions.with.four.more.manufacturers.for.ub untu.mobile.os/" rel='nofollow'>signed deals</a> to have Ubuntu running on devices sometime this year. Canonical has also attempted to kickstart the operating system's adoption, by launching a crowdfunding effort for the <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/308846==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/07/22/asking.for.32m.in.funding.to.manufacture.limited.r un.of.ubuntu.smartphone/" rel='nofollow'>Ubuntu Edge</a>, a high-specification smartphone that could also be used for desktop computing. The project <a href="http://macnn.com/rd/308847==http://www.electronista.com/articles/13/08/22/canonical.ubuntu.edge.fails.to.reach.32m.funding.t arget/" rel='nofollow'>failed</a> to reach its $32 million goal within 31 days, raising $12.8 million from over 27,000 backers.
 
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