As Ubuntu Touch has an underlying Android/CyanogenMod Layer, I would like to ask if it's possible with reasonable effort to run Ubuntu on the Android Emulator which is part of the Android SDK.
There are several resources how to run CyanogenMod on the Android Emulator. So this is definitely possible and the effort seems to be reasonable. Also there are many people already working on solutions how to port the existing Ubuntu Touch to other real devices. In the same way would be a port to the Android Emulator work as well.
I am pretty sure that you would not be able to run Ubuntu Touch on the Android Emulator. The Android Emulator emulates the Davlik VM which is not Part of the modified CyanogenMod Kernel, which is used for the Ubuntu Touch OS. But there are several other options to test your applications.
- You could use qmlscene (a smart qt qml viewer).
- You could test on a Smartphone like the HTC Desire (bravo) which you could buy for about 30€.
- If you are a windows user you could run Ubuntu in a VM.
- You could buy a developer board like the Odroid-U2 and port Ubuntu Touch OS for this device. A version of CyanogenMod 10.1 is available for it.
Use Unity Next maybe can be an option:
I also started a discussion here for talk about this possibility: