Ubuntu Phone OS is an upcoming mobile operating system based on Ubuntu Linux. Among other things, it has a touch-based user interface that’s different from anything we’ve seen on smartphones so far, including a side panel which lets you launch frequently used programs just by sliding your thumb from the edge of the screen.

But you don’t have to wait for Ubuntu Phone OS to get that side panel – you can download and install an app called Ubuntu Phone Experience on virtually any Android phone today.

Update: The app has been renamed Glovebox, and it’s now available from the Google Play Store.

Ubuntu Phone Experience

Ubuntu Phone Experience Glovebox lets you create a list of apps to bring up in the sidebar, adjust the opacity of the bar, and tweak the sensitivity so you don’t accidentally open the sidebar when you’re trying to do something else with your phone.

Right now you’ll have to enable support for apps from unknown sources to install Ubuntu Phone Experience on an Android 1.6 or later phone — it was available from the Play Store briefly, but it’s been removed (probably because the Ubuntu name is trademarked).

Until the app has a new name, you can still download the app from a link at the xda-developers forum, provided by developer fmaster1.

via reddit

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2 replies on “Bring a little of Ubuntu Phone OS to Android with Glovebox”

  1. I hope Ubuntu for Android does very well. Two of the best OS in the world = Android + Ubuntu

    What more can you ask for.


    1. I use Android but I’d rather see the proper Ubuntu for phone gets into shape w/ strong native apps’ support. Ubuntu for Android to me seems more like an emulator/or a side installation.

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