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    Default Ubuntu Aims For Top 50 iOS/Android Apps

    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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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by afeder View Post
    Isn't Ubuntu Touch based on AOSP?
    No, it isn't.

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    Quote 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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    Quote 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    That's because Ubuntu used to run in a chroot under Android, but that's outdated information.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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    Quote 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    That's because Ubuntu used to run in a chroot under Android, but that's outdated information.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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    I would like to see dalvilk ported to ubuntu touch. That would be great.

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    too late for flappy bird ;/

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    Quote 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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    Quote Originally Posted by madjr View Post
    too late for flappy bird ;/

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