This means that most devices which already has a open-source Android-implementation (like AOSP or Cyanogenmod) can easily have the Android user-land ripped out and Ubuntu thrown in on top instead. Right now that is a shitload of devices.
As far as that makes Ubuntu its "own" OS or not might be a interesting discussion (1), but it's definitely a pragmatic solution and has clearly paid off with regard to getting a product to market.
(1) The same discussion can clearly be had for Android vs Linux. (2)
(2) Which in retrospect gives us the interesting case of a standard Linux (Ubuntu touch) built on top of a non-standard Linux (Android) to emulate a standard Linux (Ubuntu) in the first place. Turtles all the way down :)
Ubuntu and Android simply share the Linux kernel. I don't see any preposterous about it.
Historically it wasn't, but checking around it seems like the kernel sources for Android has been unified and merged with the standard Linux-kernel so now they are indeed the same thing.
I guess it's a hobby for some to trade in phones every few months. I'd rather have a top of the line PC than play Angry Birds with a 500ms faster load time with the next phone iteration.
Also, where are the source links on this blog? I have some gripes about most of the Android blogs for their reporting style, but this one can't even provide a link to where the mentioned ROMs are. For anyone that is interested, you can find the Verizon Galaxy S3 Ubuntu ROM here. No working radios for phone calls or data and not worth using past trying it for the sake of testing. I don't recall seeing anything for any other S3 variants though, but any of the North American ones should have minimal changes at the most.
> I'd rather have a top of the line PC
It's a status symbol, so just having it is the end goal. But on one will see it if it stays at home. A phone is much easier to carry around and flash to your friends.
> It's a status symbol, so just having it is the end goal. But on one will see it if it stays at home. A phone is much easier to carry around and flash to your friends.
Images of people carrying giant gamer PCs around on their shoulders like boomboxes... oO;
Nexus One is an 'aged' phone.
For example, Galaxy Ace and LG Optimus One were very popular, and they're getting even the latest version of Android for them with CM. And last I checked JB was very fast on them. I also have JB on my own HTC Legend, which was also one of the most locked down phones ever. I went through a lot of trouble, and even had it "bricked" (not final) while trying to unlock it. But now I run a JB CM10 rom on it pretty well.
There's some guides out there on how to do it, but would have to look around for something specific.
Of course that also means you have to have an unlocked bootloader as well or the above is kind of moot.
The kernel was released... But I don't think I have the patience to try porting something myself.