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    Phoronix: Ubuntu Aims For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

    Besides announcing two partners shipping Ubuntu phones in 2014, Mark Shuttleworth's comments around the app ecosystem were also interesting...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYwOTA

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    Originally posted by phoronix View Post
    Phoronix: Ubuntu Aims For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

    Besides announcing two partners shipping Ubuntu phones in 2014, Mark Shuttleworth's comments around the app ecosystem were also interesting...

    http://www.phoronix.com/vr.php?view=MTYwOTA
    Isn't Ubuntu Touch based on AOSP? Why can't it run .apks natively?

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    • #3
      Originally posted by afeder View Post
      Isn't Ubuntu Touch based on AOSP?
      No, it isn't.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by TheBlackCat View Post
        No, it isn't.
        Why does it say so here then:
        Official Ubuntu Touch ROMs are based on CyanogenMod 10.1 which in turn is based on AOSP 4.2.2.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by afeder View Post
          Why does it say so here then:
          That's because Ubuntu used to run in a chroot under Android, but that's outdated information. See here and here.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by cynical View Post
            That's because Ubuntu used to run in a chroot under Android, but that's outdated information. See here and here.
            Thanks, but those links still seem to suggest that it "initializes android inside an LXC container during boot" - what is the limitation that prevents it from running Android apps inside that container?

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            • #7
              I would like to see dalvilk ported to ubuntu touch. That would be great.

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              • #8
                too late for flappy bird ;/

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by afeder View Post
                  Thanks, but those links still seem to suggest that it "initializes android inside an LXC container during boot" - what is the limitation that prevents it from running Android apps inside that container?
                  They initializes the kernel and some hardware near services to be able to use the same drivers,
                  making it very easy for phone manufacturers to support Ubuntu if they support Android (and it's
                  also super easy to port Ubuntu to a phone with Cyanogen Mod support). However they aren't
                  launching any services for handling API requests, nor Dalvik, frameworks or anything else that
                  is needed for Android apps. If they would do that it would basically be a complete Android
                  system running.
                  If they want Android app support a much better way is to port Dalvik (or Art), the framework,
                  and map the API to Ubuntu. Or use an already stand alone Android app environment (like Myriad
                  Alien Dalivik).

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by madjr View Post
                    too late for flappy bird ;/

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