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I was quickly reading this introduction to QML for Ubuntu Phones, now I was honestly expecting something more than that from Canonical.

My questions are:

  • where is a real SDK with libs ? All I can see are APIs
  • QML really is the alternative to HTML5 apps ? It's basically the same thing without any real benefit.
  • there will ever be a true native toolkit with C/C++ toolchains, libs, headers and all the bits and stuff ?
  • how to package applications for Ubuntu phones ?
  • there is an emulator for the Ubuntu OS for phones ?
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Please add only one question per question. Keep in mind at least one question is speculative and can't be answered, so it is a bad fit for our site. – Javier Rivera Jan 4 '13 at 10:52
@user1849534 please could you mark one of the two answers as an "answer", so this question is no longer "unanswered". – ir-g Jan 11 '14 at 16:52

Bear in mind that, as stated on the Go mobile page, what is available right now is a developer preview. There are no claims for it to be a full SDK, which it will be at some point, but not yet.

In summary, what is being offered to early adopters at this point is:

  • A set of components part of the Ubuntu UI toolkit
  • Online (and local) API documentation for all of the released components

With these, you are already equipped to develop and run Ubuntu phone apps on a desktop host machine, and get familiar with the toolkit in time for the full SDK to be released.

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Please update this answer – Tachyons Aug 7 '13 at 15:57

@user1849534 There is now an SDK at

In terminal, type:

sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa && sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install ubuntu-sdk

In answer to the other questions:

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