How To Install And Test Ubuntu Touch Core Apps On Ubuntu 14.04 And Ubuntu 13.10

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps, is project created by third party developers under the supervision of the Ubuntu developers, for the Ubuntu Touch, the Ubuntu operating system for mobile phones.

Mark Shuttleworth aims to reach a full desktop-mobile convergence, meaning that the same code base will be used on both the two versions of Ubuntu, the applications resizing their resolution in order to run well on both big and small displays. If everything goes according to Mark’s plan, the convergence may be achieved somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).

Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile 

“With our convergence plans being a core component of Ubuntu over the coming releases, we can take advantage of this when testing mobile apps. Developers can create & users can test applications without having to commit funds to a dedicated Ubuntu mobile device. Of course in the future Ubuntu mobile devices will be ubiquitous 🙂 but for now we can support those users, testers and developers right now to use Ubuntu mobile apps on the desktop,” said Canonical’s Alan Pope.

The Ubuntu developer also explained how to get said apps on the desktop. As you can imagine, it’s all done with the help of a PPA. All you have to do is to open a terminal and run the following command (you will need to be root):

How To Install And Test The Ubuntu Touch Core Apps On Ubuntu 13.10 / Ubuntu 13.04

In this article I will show you how to install the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps on Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr and Ubuntu 13.10 Saucy Salamander.

You can either install all the Ubuntu Touch Core applications, by installing the touch-coreapps package, or a certain application only. To install and test the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps you also need to install the ubuntu-sdk, which is available via a separate PPA:

$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa
$ sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-touch-coreapps-drivers/daily
$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sdk touch-coreapps

To install only a certain application, replace touch-coreapps with the name of the application you want to install (example ubuntu-weather-app)

The applications included in the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps are:

  • ubuntu-calculator-app
  • calendar-app
  • ubuntu-clock-app
  • ubuntu-weather-app
  • ubuntu-docviewer-app
  • ubuntu-emailclient-app (not working yet)
  • ubuntu-filemanager-app
  • ubuntu-rssreader-app
  • ubuntu-terminal-app
  • stock-ticker-mobile-app
  • dropping-letters
  • sudoku-app
  • music-app
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