The Ubuntu logo can be clearly seen on screen in the latest promotional spot for Samsung’s Galaxy S II Android phone.
The old-style ‘circle of friends’ is prominently positioned during a precession of application icons at the beginning of the advert.
Perhaps coincidentally, the logo sits next to the icon for Android game ‘Jumping Narwhal’. ‘Natty Narwhal’ was, of course, the development mascot of the Ubuntu 11.04 cycle.
Quite why the logo is shown so prominently (you’ll notice it far in advance of the MSN butterfly) is open to debate: it could be to reference Ubuntu One’s suite of Android applications (plausible); a reference to the fact that hackers have already installed Ubuntu on various Samsung devices (unlikely); or, most likely, plain old happenstance on the part of the creative hands behind it
Either way, it’s a pretty cool nod.
The logo can be see at the 0:06 mark in the TV spot embedded below*: -
Back in May we reported on the surprise appearance of the Linux ‘Penguin’ mascot ‘Tux’ in a TV advert for a children’s breakfast cereal…
Thanks to Bilal
*Edited 5th of August to replace broken video