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Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby The Alpha Gamer on Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:12 pm

I'm sure by now we've all heard of Ubuntu for Android, but is there any chance of Mint getting something like that? Specifically a way to plug our phone's up to our laptops/desktops and be able to use our Android apps on the Mint desktop?
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby xenopeek on Mon Feb 27, 2012 5:57 pm

Linux Mint on Android? I don't think so. See a recent interview with Clem here: http://www.linuxuser.co.uk/interviews/l ... f-success/ He talks a bit about the markets Canonical is targeting, and the direction they are heading towards, and how this isn't what Linux Mint is interested in.

I think the primary purpose is you can carry Ubuntu with you in your pocket (on your Android phone), and use it wherever you want on somebody else's computer (or your own) by just connecting it to a monitor, keyboard and mouse with the docking station. Personally, I find that an interesting development (I'm more interested in Ubuntu on Mobile though :P). But I don't need Linux Mint to be everything for me; I'd rather it excel as my desktop :wink:
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby The Alpha Gamer on Mon Feb 27, 2012 6:22 pm

All I want though is to use my Android apps in Mint
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby soccerz619 on Mon Feb 27, 2012 8:33 pm

Vincent Vermeulen wrote: (I'm more interested in Ubuntu on Mobile though :P). But I don't need Linux Mint to be everything for me; I'd rather it excel as my desktop :wink:
Yes. I am so tired of Android. I want something like an Ubuntu for mobile (KDE branch has a tablet coming out, soon i think). Also, Mint does a great job on the desktop, so I to hope it continues to excel there.

But I would also like to see Android apps/games/whatever available on Linux. it would be neat to have that too. I thought I saw a link on that awhile ago, that Ubuntu was trying for that as well.This looks outdated, but I thought I had seen a more recent article stating that Ubuntu was trying to port Android apps over to the desktop...
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby TanKCR on Tue May 22, 2012 2:27 am

soccerz619 wrote:
Vincent Vermeulen wrote: (I'm more interested in Ubuntu on Mobile though :P). But I don't need Linux Mint to be everything for me; I'd rather it excel as my desktop :wink:
Yes. I am so tired of Android. I want something like an Ubuntu for mobile (KDE branch has a tablet coming out, soon i think). Also, Mint does a great job on the desktop, so I to hope it continues to excel there.

But I would also like to see Android apps/games/whatever available on Linux. it would be neat to have that too. I thought I saw a link on that awhile ago, that Ubuntu was trying for that as well.This looks outdated, but I thought I had seen a more recent article stating that Ubuntu was trying to port Android apps over to the desktop...


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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby kflee2000 on Tue Jul 17, 2012 5:49 am

Am I right to think that the wording "Any chance of Mint for Android?" would mean a mint version to run on the common ARM cpu based tablet? I would be interest to know such build of Mint existed.

On the other side of the coin, can we use Android under Mint environment? In Android website, it said:

"The Android build is routinely tested in house on recent versions of Ubuntu LTS (10.04), but most distributions should have the required build tools available. Reports of successes or failures on other distributions are welcome.

For Gingerbread (2.3.x) and newer versions, including the master branch, a 64-bit environment is required. Older versions can be compiled on 32-bit systems."

So my question is anyone has tried to build Android within Mint environment?
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby Rudemeister on Thu Jul 26, 2012 11:43 pm

Android and Linux are essentially the same. Though Google was forking Android farther away, now many Android technologies are finding themselves folded into the new Linux kernels. I believe there are some ARM emulators that you can run in Mint. You might be able to run some of your apps, but I have never tried this. Try doing a Google using the keywords Android, Linux and emulator. But Mint is not philosophically intended to use a touchscreen UI. I don't think tablets will take over the world either. I think they'll mostly just steal market-share from laptops.
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby bimsebasse on Fri Jul 27, 2012 12:05 am

Linux Mint is an OS with a very desktop centric philosophy and somewhat conservative approach - if you want integration with Android you definitely have not come to the right place, Mint will be the last of the major distros to feature anything like it.
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Re: Any chance of Mint for Android?

Postby Mozenrath on Sat Jul 28, 2012 10:21 pm

Android apps will probably never come to desktop Linux because of the fact that the only ARM emulators that exist are very slow.

The closest thing to getting Android apps in Linux is to install the x86 eeepc version of Android in Virtualbox, but that kinda defeats the purpose. Even then, that version doesn't offer a software store.
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