Ubuntu Edge: convergence in action

Hi everyone, I’ve been talking to a lot of you in the comments on the Indiegogo page, so I thought I’d come on here with a little video of my own computing setup.

I’m going to show you convergence. Although the hardware is getting a lot of the attention, it’s the Ubuntu Edge’s ability to be your phone and your PC that will have the biggest impact. How do I know this for sure? Because I’m already experiencing it.

For over two months I’ve been running Ubuntu for Android on a Nexus 4 phone, and even with its much slower processor and smaller storage than the Edge will have, it’s still made my working life so much simpler. With just a phone I can do pretty much anything that I could do before on my laptop.

I’ve made a quick video to show you a few examples. Remember this code is still in beta – with the final production code and the much more powerful hardware of the Ubuntu Edge, the desktop will really fly.

If you can’t see the video – click here

We’re doing great so far but there’s a long way to go, so please keep on sharing our campaign with everyone you know. You’re our best chance of making this happen!

18 thoughts on “Ubuntu Edge: convergence in action

  1. Great video, thanks a lot!

    However, there is still one question I have yet to find an answer to:

    When the Edge is used in phone mode (ie. not docked), am I able to run native desktop application, such as gedit, Gnumeric, Libre Office etc.? But more importantly, am I able to access the terminal and use SSH keys?

  2. Super awesome demo, thanks!

    If I understood properly from what you said, you’re demoing the Ubuntu on Android convergence system (what will be first shipping on the Edge, before a native Ubuntu Touch convergence update is released).

    Assuming this is correct, is there a way to download and run what you just demoed on our existing Android devices? I’d love to try taking my desktop on the go while I wait for the Edge release.

      1. In connection to the above, would it be possible to develop android apps on the ubuntu desktop side and then install it on the android side? would be quite handy feature for developers who develop on both sides. saves having separate computers/phones

  3. Awesome indeed. specially using the phone as mouse/kb.

    Am wondering if this will also work in the future with wireless hdmi, like miracast:


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  6. Hi Victor,

    is the fact that you are getting the full desktop view with a Nexus 4 part of your closed beta? Because I didn’t get any output from my slimport cable with the recent Ubuntu and Android dual boot setup, and I cannot find anywhere that explains how to get this working. All I can find is references to the fact that Ubuntu support MHL instead of the SlimPort.

      1. OK.

        No chance of getting any information of how to set that up? It’s the only thing holding me back from really giving Ubuntu Touch a try.



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