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Dual Boot Ubuntu & Android

Christmas has come early in Ubuntu this time around, with a finely wrapped present: dual-booting with Android.

Ubuntu is thrilled to announce a preview of a new feature for developers: Ubuntu on mobile devices can now run alongside Android on a single handset.

For developers only

Dual boot is not a feature suitable for regular users. It is recommended to be installed only by developers who are comfortable with flashing devices and with their partition layout. Dual boot rewrites the Android recovery partition and those installing it should be intimately familiar with re-flashing it in case something goes wrong.

Multiple Android flavours are supported (AOSP or stock, CyanogenMod) and installation of Ubuntu can be done for all versions available in the phablet-flash channels.

Easy OS switch via apps

With dual boot, switching between OSs had never been easier. No more key combinations or command line interfaces to jump into the next OS: on each side, an app with a simple user interface will enable you to boot back and forth at the tap of a button.

The Android app manages the initial installation of Ubuntu, upgrades and rebooting into Ubuntu.

On Ubuntu, the dual boot app provides an easy way to reboot into Android.

Installing dual boot

Installing and running dual boot can be done in a few easy steps. In a nutshell, it requires performing a one-off installation of the dual boot app in Android, which will enable you to both install the version of Ubuntu of your choice, and to reboot into Ubuntu.

Learn how to install the dual boot here:

Tomboy for Android

I've been a long time user of Tomboy for taking and saving my notes on Ubuntu. Historically I've surpassed 700 notes now! I have a lot of notes that I refer to from time to time and Tomboy sure beats writing on little pieces of paper and possibly losing them around the house or office.

There is a great Android application that has been around a couple years called Tomdroid which gives access to our Tomboy notes and syncs them up. Its great, but I was never able to create a note in Tomdroid.... UNTIL NOW!

Head over to Launchpad from your Android browser and  download the latest APK. Im now using 0.7.1 titled "Fast Paced" release. Install it to your phone and you can now enjoy accessing your Tomboy notes as well as creating them!

Humble Bundle For Android 2 Ending Soon

We just wanted to let you know the Humble Bundle for Android 2 is ending in just over 3 days from now. PAY WHATEVER YOU WANT. This is a great pack. The Cogs game alone is worth whatever coins you have laying around in your Paypal account. Seriously. Avadon looks like a great Diablo style RPG, Zen Bound 2 looks challenging and Snuggle Truck will definitely keep you or your kid occupied!

The Humble Bundle is back to bring you five incredible games never-before-seen on Android devices! Introducing another cross-platform showcase: The Humble Bundle for Android #2! (And Windows, Mac, and Linux!)
Pay whatever you want to get four amazing games, each making their Android debut in this Humble Bundle promotion: Zen Bound 2, Avadon: The Black Fortress (Android version is tablet-only), Canabalt, and Cogs! Customers who pay more than the average will also receive Swords & Soldiers, a vibrant side-scrolling strategy game, now available on Android and Linux!
Each purchase gets you instant access to Windows, Mac, Linux, and Android versions of the games, as well as soundtracks if available! The games are DRM-free, and you can redeem most of them on Steam. (Canabalt is not currently available on Steam.) You can donate a portion of your purchase to excellent non-profits: the Child's Play Charity and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.