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Fairphone 2 Ubuntu Touch Convergence Video

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Earlier this week we saw Canonical demo wireless display on the Bq M10 tablet — but it’s not the only device capable of cable-free convergence.

The Fairphone 2 is also part of the club.

I know what you’re thinking: the Fairphone 2 is an Android phone. And that’s true, but thanks to the efforts of Marius Gripsgård there’s a working, community-supported port of Ubuntu Touch for this ethically sourced smartphone.

And as part of his work he’s gotten wireless display through aethercast up and running, as he demos in the video below.

Is it perfect? No, but the port is still a work in progress and only 70% complete. Some key phone features are still missing or only half-working. In the convergence demo above you can see an RGBA issues, with blues appearing orange/brown. All teething troubles that will be neatened out.

The Fairphone 2 sports a speedy Snapdragon 801 processor (quad-core 2.26GHz) paired with 2GB RAM and an ample 32GB of internal storage for apps making it a middle-weight convergence device, competent enough for running basic needs like web browsing and checking e-mail.

Do you own a Fairphone 2? Will you be switching to Ubuntu on it?