Canonical’s Ubuntu for Android takes a different approach by seamlessly integrate Android with the Linux-based Ubuntu distribution. Your device will at first glace look like a typical Android handset with all the apps. Ubuntu is carefully tucked away and only surfaces once it’s been slid into a dock that connects to a monitor, keyboard, and mouse. The installation basically gives you two devices in one: an Android phone while on the go, and a Ubuntu desktop when plugged in.
What makes this more interesting than what Motorola has done with the Webdock is that Linux has a large installed base of desktop apps and its open-source origins might make it a better choice for this type of application.
The system reportedly lets you share your smartphone’s contacts, media, and apps among both Android and Ubuntu. The Ubuntu environment also supports MMS/SMS and phones calls: a pop-up window appears when you receive a call, and you can simply mouse over and click to answer.
Using virtualization tools like Citrix and VMWare, Canonical says that IT departments could issue a single device that covers both the desktop and mobile needs of employees.
There is no word on who will be making the docks or what handsets will be compatible, but seeing as it is going to be preloaded by the handset makers we’re just going to have to wait and see. With Mobile World Congress just a few days away we can cross our fingers for an announcement.