Ubuntu for Android, the platform that promised to revolutionize the way we use and think of mobile devices while allowing us to keep using our existing (Android) apps, is not coming anytime soon. Instead, Canonical is putting resources behind its own mobile platform that can work across different devices.
Here’s what Canonical said in response to AndroidAuthority:
We are very happy with the reception of both the Ubuntu 14.04 LTS desktop, and the early Ubuntu phone images. We think these development show a desire in the market place for Ubuntu, and an Ubuntu for Android (U4A) solution would be a good way for it to reach users.
We still believe that U4A is a great product concept and that consumers would welcome the feature. The development within Ubuntu for U4A is complete. To take the development further requires a launch partner in order to make the necessary modifications on the Android side.
We are currently not in concrete discussions with launch partners, but we are still very much open to such a partnership. We are focused on Ubuntu for Phones at the moment, therefore we are not actively pushing for Ubuntu for Android. However, if a prospective partner steps forward, we are very much open to launching Ubuntu for Android.
There are no doubts in my mind Ubuntu on phones will be awesome, but… we wanted to see it running on our existing handsets. Heck some of us would even pay for the privilege. Alas, Canonical has other plans…