Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical is constantly updating the Ubuntu Touch images, in order to get them ready for release. The latest Ubuntu Touch images come with support for USB Tethering (a feature that allows the users to access the internet via their phone), a feature already available for Android, but unsupported on Windows Phone and iOS.
But for now, it is not enabled by default but it can be easily enabled via ADB (Android Debug Bridge). All you have to do is install ADB (if you did not do that already):
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:phablet-team/tools
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install android-tools-adb
And enable the USB Tethering:
$ adb shell android-gadget-service enable rndis
As soon as this feature is enabled, the network indicator will start spinning on the desktop. Being used via the Android gadget driver setup, for now it supports only MTP and networking connections, when the network connection being activated, the MTP connection gets dropped.
After you have finished, disable USB Tethering via the below commands:
$ adb shell android-gadget-service enable mtp
The story so far:
Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch, now based on Ubuntu 14.10, being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet. (Nexus 5 is not yet support by Ubuntu Touch.) The first Ubuntu Touch powered phones are scheduled to be released this year, in Europe by BQ and on the Chinese market by Meizu, one Asia’s leading smartphone manufacturers.
Due to the fact that Ubuntu Touch is not yet stable enough to be used on mobile devices, the Canonical developers are planning to release a RTM (release-to-manufacturer) branch, where they will be focused on bug-fixes and stability improvements, and not the implementation of new features.
Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).