Nexus 7 spotted running Ubuntu, build may be coming next week

Ubuntu for Android is something that we’ve seen talked about and demonstrated quite a bit, but it still can’t really be used by consumers. While I’m growing a bit tired of seeing how cool Ubuntu for Android could be, I still have to pass along another interesting demonstration, this time of what looks like a full on Ubuntu install on a Nexus 7 tablet.

Now, seeing Ubuntu running on Android hardware can get a bit confusing because there are actually multiple ways that Ubuntu can run on an Android device. Technically, Ubuntu for Android doesn’t replace the Android OS or stand on its own, and can be thought of as an app running within stock Android. Although it is less common, there’s also the possibility of running Ubuntu on Android ARM hardware directly, which appears to be the case here. In the short video above, the Unity touch interface is demonstrated, and appears to be working quickly and smoothly.

There aren’t any further details, but in the comments section of YouTube the video uploader hinted that more information will be revealed at the Ubuntu Developer Summit in a week. A native Ubnutu on the Nexus 7 might not be the most useful thing yet, but it is certainly very cool. I’ll certainly be watching the announcements that begin on October 29, and now I’ll have to see if there is anything interesting for Nexus 7 owners as well as Ubuntu users.

[techie buzz]
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Aaron Orquia

Aaron Orquia is an associate editor at Pocketables. He has been using Android and Linux since he bought his first computer years ago, and his interest in technology, software, and tweaking both to work just right has only grown stronger since then. His current gadgets include a OnePlus One, a Pebble smartwatch, and an Acer C720 Chromebook.

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3 thoughts on “Nexus 7 spotted running Ubuntu, build may be coming next week

  • Avatar of D. Stroya

    Development of this seems…..awfully….slow….. But, I’m rooting for it.

  • Avatar of Michael

    I’ve tried Ubuntu in the past, duel booting my PC and always had trouble with finding plugins. Video was a particular problem. Once you went out searched for a plugin problems always cropped up. I finally gave up this Ubuntu experiment.

  • Avatar of Hayden Smith

    Perhaps on the giveaway prize :)


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