Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Ubuntu Phone Emulator on Ubuntu 14.04.3.

When I herd about launch of BQ Aquaris Ubuntu Phone in India and its availability by Aug 2015 end on snapdeal I decided to try the Phone in emulator on Ubuntu 14.04.3 on my Laptop.

Since the emulator was launched in Jan 2015 most of the instructions I got to install the emulator did not work. Finally I installed Ubuntu SDK through PPA as follows:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:ubuntu-sdk-team/ppa
sudo apt update && sudo apt install ubuntu-sdk
Then I installed the emulator through the sdk.

Since running emulator required memory I switched to gnome-fallback session and started the emulator through following command:

ubuntu-emulator run ubuntutouch --scale=0.5 --memory=1024
After waiting for 15 minutes I got the login screen:

I added some applications through Ubuntu Store and could use them.
Running facebook below:
facebook detecting it as Chrome on LG Nexus 5 

Monday, August 10, 2015

Playing H-265 Videos on Ubuntu 14.04.

While installing Ubuntu 14.04 if you check for installation of proprietary codecs  most videos could be played on Videos application but those having H-265 won't play. For playing them you need to install gstreamer1.0-libde265 as follows.
Open a terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:strukturag/libde265
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install gstreamer1.0-libde265