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Ubuntu for Android continuous productivity
Ubuntu for Android only activates when docked, so the smartphone provides a normal Android experience until that point. Once docked and activated, Ubuntu for Android allows you to resume activities such as web browsing sessions or email creation automatically without the need to manually reopen any open tabs or windows (pictured).
According to Richard Collins, engineering project manager at Canonical, Ubuntu for Android is "not looking to encroach on Android". Silber, however, told ZDNet UK that the company's ultimate goal would include its own standalone OS, but that it has no roadmap or product to share at this stage.
Silber said that the initial strategy is to have the platform preloaded on smartphones to act as a differentiator at the point of purchase. She added that Canonical expects large-scale adoption of Ubuntu for Android to come initially from enterprise customers.
"We've seen a lot of initial interest from enterprise IT departments," Silber said. "However, everybody we show it to is interested, at the individual consumer level as well; everybody can see the appeal to simplifying their life to one device, regardless of a work scenario. I think the initial market is enterprise, but the themes there translate equally well."
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Read Behind Ubuntu's shift into mobile on ZDNet UK.