Wouldn't it be cool if you could put your desktop computer in your pocket and take it with you where ever you go. Allowing you to access and all your desktop programs and features on the fly, no more switching from desktop, to laptop, to tablet, to ipad, and back again. Now I'm not saying this is "One Ring to Rule them All", but it might make things more convenient. Best of all if your 6" phone screen is getting a little hard to read just plug the HDMI port on your phone into a 32" monitor or TV and dock a keyboard and mouse up and walla!...its a desktop again. Now, all you have to do is learn Ubuntu.
When you are using your Android phone that has Ubuntu installed as well, it will behave in exactly the same fashion it does now. You will have access to all the Google applications, the Market, your contacts, and the ability to make calls. So in the morning when you grab your phone to check on the emails and SMS messages that came in overnight, nothing will change there. When you arrive to your office however, your phone can become your desktop. You will simply plug the HDMI-enabled device into its dock, and you have a the full Unity experience on your big screen.
This is a completely different experience than the closest comparison, Motorola’s Webtop. Your phone is literally your computer, not just acting as a browser that can interact with web applications. I was surprised when I saw the demo — the system was responsive and snappy, and lived up to the hype. However, before you rush to root your Android phone in preparation to install this software package there are some drawbacks.
The other problem is that while Canonical is pushing the build to hardware manufacturers and mobile carriers, it has no plans to release it to the general public for independent development. This means that you won’t see a CyanogenMod ROM with this functionality built into it. While Ubuntu is open source, Canonical plans to control the release of this version. It’s possible that, given the ingenuity of Android users, one day there will be a leaked build, but such a thing wouldn’t be endorsed by the company.
Those things aside, it’s hard not too like this move by Canonical. When I first heard about Ubuntu on a mobile device I was very skeptical since putting a desktop experience on such a small screen has been tried before and has failed. But the fact that this is going to give me a way to carry around a full-fledged computing experience in my pocket instead of a backpack is a win in my book.