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The question is in the title, but can anyone provide some details on what it is, how it works, and when it will be available?

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It's not a "mobile version" of Ubuntu.

It's a special build of the Ubuntu OS that can be installed on Android dual-core phone, with this you can attach a HDMI monitor (and I think a bluetooth keyboard and mouse) and use your smartphone as a computer with Ubuntu.

As an extra, from that desktop you can access to phone data (like addressbook) and send / receive calls.

I think that this image clarify what is it:enter image description here

Official page for more info: http://www.ubuntu.com/devices/android

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    A lot of very relevant links containing more details have unfortunately been posted in the question comments instead of in answers. It'd be great if you could edit your answer to include a link to the official page for Ubuntu for Android, and maybe add some additional details for the other linked news articles above as appropriate. I think that'd really help polish this answer up! – Christopher Kyle Horton Feb 22 '12 at 18:03
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It's similar to the Motorola devices webtop app that recent devices have.

You dock it and use your mouse and keyboard to use it as a desktop.

Coincidentally, Motorola has been using Ubuntu for a year on webtops.

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    Except webtop is highly limited, whereas Ubuntu for Android aims to give users a full desktop environment – Chris Wayne Mar 26 '12 at 17:24
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    True ... what i meant was its not something new.... – sarveshlad Mar 27 '12 at 1:02

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