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Ubuntu, Android dual boot installer released for developer testing

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Ubuntu software creator, Canonical announced a new feature Monday (Dec.23) that allows a single device to run both Android and Ubuntu software. Ubuntu Dual Boot will allow users to easily switch between each OS, eliminating the need to enter manual commands.

Ubuntu Dual Boot Installer provides a preview for developers only to test and study, as installation requires the Android device to be flashed. “Dual boot rewrites the Android recovery partition and those installing it should be intimately familiar with re-flashing it in case something goes wrong,” Canonical said on its Ubuntu Developer website.

Dual Boot supports stock and custom Android ROMs such as AOSP and CyanogenMod. Developers interested in giving the Ubuntu Dual Boot feature a test run can head over to the installation page and follow the step by step guide.

Installation requirements include a Nexus 4, Nexus 7, Nexus 10 or Galaxy Nexus device with its bootloader unlocked. The device must have at least 2.7GB of available storage space and run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or higher. For devices running Android 4.4, additional steps need to be completed to enable phone calls when running Ubuntu. A desktop computer running ABD tools is also required for Ubuntu Dual Boot installation.

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