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Ubuntu TV, meet the Lenovo 55" Android Ice Cream Sandwich TV

Barbara, not Barbie (721478) writes | more than 2 years ago

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For several years, Canonical has been a day late and a dollar short when it comes to shipping real products. There were the Ubuntu Android devices announced almost 3 years ago, the switch to a tablet interface for the non-existent Ubuntu tablet and smartphone market (causing many current Ubuntu users to switch to Mint or Debian), and now

For several years, Canonical has been a day late and a dollar short when it comes to shipping real products. There were the Ubuntu Android devices announced almost 3 years ago, the switch to a tablet interface for the non-existent Ubuntu tablet and smartphone market (causing many current Ubuntu users to switch to Mint or Debian), and now Ubuntu TV, quickly thrown together using 3rd-party code, which Canonical claims will ship by the end of the year, despite not having a single manufacturer lined up.

At the same show, Lenovo raised the barrier to entry into the TV market with an 55" Android Ice Cream Sandwich TV. Comes with a built-in webcam, remote with microphone (for voice recognition) touch pad (for swiping, etc) and motion sensors (so you can use it like a Wiimote) ... and an extra game controller.

Canonical abandoning their "Android Execution Environment" for "The Search For More Bling" was a serious mistake. If you're going to offer the next generation of linux-based TVs or tablets, you need more than a pretty (inter)face. If you don't have Android support, you're simply not in the game.

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I have an Ubuntu TV (1)

mcgrew (92797) | more than 2 years ago | (#38791017)

Actually it's an old 42 inch Trinitron I bought ten years ago, with an S-Video cable and RCA audio cables coming from a computer I built from junk that's running kubuntu (I hate Gnome). I controll it with a wireless mouse and when necessary, wireless keyboard that usually sits up on a shelf.

And with this setup, who needs a radio? I just sent a nasty email off to a local station berating them for using Silverlight, how stupid can people be? It's the only web site I've ever seen that requires it, they think I'm going to install Moonlight or whatever they call it to listen to them when I have thousands of radio stations to choose from that will actually play?

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