Nexus 5 and Ubuntu connection


The upcoming Google Nexus 5 smartphone is generating a huge amount of interest right now among Android device enthusiasts. It’s expected to be officially announced next month, along with the arrival of Android 4.4 KitKat. Today we want to consider the Nexus 5 and the Ubuntu connection.

Nexus devices are extremely popular and we recently heard hints that the Nexus 5 will be available worldwide on release. This would be a welcome move for those countries that initially missed out on the Nexus 4 and we hope the news turns out to be accurate.

There are many reasons for wanting to own the next Nexus smartphone and it’s expected to be the first phone to launch running Android 4.4 KitKat. The Nexus 5 specs and features have not yet been confirmed, although there have been plenty of leaks and rumors.

However, we do know that the Nexus 5 will offer a pure Google Android experience and like other Nexus devices will be one of the first devices to receive future Android updates. It’s also likely to be reasonably priced. Another reason that the Nexus 5 will appeal to many buyers is the appeal for those who enjoy customizing their devices.

One thing we hadn’t thought of up until now though is the Ubuntu connection. The Ubuntu OS is desktop software based on the Linux kernel, and Ubuntu for Phones was introduced at CES in 2013 as an alternative mobile operating system. Many people have been waiting for Ubuntu for Phones to release and Canonical has already stated that it will be available first for a Nexus device, according to Phone Dog.

All the recent indications are that Ubuntu for Phones may release in October, and of course this would tie in very nicely with when we expect the Nexus 5 to launch. The thought of being able to run the Ubuntu mobile OS on the latest and best Nexus phone yet is likely to entice even more people to purchase the Nexus 5.

Are you one of the many people waiting eagerly for the Nexus 5 smartphone, which is thought to be made by LG? Does the thought of being able to run Ubuntu for Phones make the phone even more appealing to you? Let us know with your comments.


30 thoughts on “Nexus 5 and Ubuntu connection”

  1. Curufin says:

    Ubuntu’s thoughts on convergence are one of the best ideas I have heard of in years, maybe the best one since the reinvention of smartphones by Apple.

  2. Mathew Sullivan says:

    Ubuntu Touch, on the phone, is inconvenient, slow & a resource hog.
    I loved the feel & the features at first, but it quickly became super inconvenient.

    The one thing I will never hate, is the cable to monitor OS mirroring. I think its a fantastic idea.

    I would prefer the mobile OS to be Android though. Perhaps the desktop OS could be Ubuntu when connected to a monitor, but keep the mobile OS to android when it isnt!

    1. Prithviraj Nag says:

      Ubuntu Touch is still not released for consumers, its still in development (and beta). Do check it out once its “v1.0” releases (for consumers with Nexus devices) on October 17th…will be much more optimized than it is now 🙂

    2. Oscar S says:

      Nexus 5 hardware should be more than enough to run Ubuntu. Perhaps they need to configure the OS more for mobile hardware. IE, custom filesystems, no swap space, etc..

    3. “I would prefer the mobile OS to be Android though. Perhaps the desktop
      OS could be Ubuntu when connected to a monitor, but keep the mobile OS
      to android when it isnt!”

      I believe that is the idea.

    4. Its not worth putting something down whilst its only a developer preview test bed to build core apps upon. Its by no means a beta or RC product yet, Realease will be the 17th October, maybe then you can comment once its released.

  3. TheSpork says:

    Sorry.. after Ubuntu installed spyware* by default, I’ve reinstalled all my computers with Debian instead.. therefore, I’d never want Ubuntu on my smartphone, but I will buy the Nexus 5 as my next phone!

    * Google ‘Ubuntu Amazon’ if you’re not familiar with the spyware

    1. greg S says:

      ^what are you scared of its being integrated into smart scopes (shows web results and products depending on what you search) it more or less the same as when you do a Google search which is deaply integrated in the nexus phones…

  4. Ian.H Foster says:

    Nexus = Android not ubuntu , PLEASE. I have a 7 and a 10 and will buy the phone as long it is free from Linux. I’ve tried to switch to linux three times in the last few years and each time switched back to the dreaded windows after a week.. Linux is still only for Geeks.

      1. Ian.H Foster says:

        My ref : is to installing it” Ubuntu” on a desktop/laptop to replace windows, I have only tried Ubuntu. I did not know Linux was part of android, I’m not a geek
        And I repeat. In my opinion Ubuntu is crap. Or was three months ago. Linux/android on tablets is fine.

        1. Antonio says:

          I’m Ubuntu user… for me to change to Windows is a “go to the past”. I have 2 childs: they love ubuntu and says “father… why we use Windows on school… its really hard to use”… Ian, you can’t spect ubuntu as a “windows on linux”… ubuntu is not windows and requires a “mind” change (to the “easy” way)… not a geek one. Of course you have not Microsoft Office (Microsoft fault, not Ubuntu/Linux)… neither photoshop (Apple could suffer a disaster… )… but this is not a ubuntu fault… just a way to stop a real competitor.

  5. Vodka says:

    Portable PC/phone seems to be a neat idea. I won’t hesitate to try it myself.
    Of course I’ll be also glad to see new Android version, though it’s feature list is unknown yet and I kind of don’t expect it to be as thrilling as Ubuntu’s concept.

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