Canonical is developing its own operating system for mobile phones and it's going to be officially released on a few handsets this fall. Any kind of launch for a mobile OS has to be accompanied by a generous app store, but it's hard to convince people to port or develop applications that will run on it.
One of the best ways to do this is to try to make the Ubuntu desktop OS as friendly as possible for the developers, including the ones who are trying to make just Android app. Providing them with the necessary tools will help them use an open source solution for the development process, and maybe, in the meantime, they will also support Ubuntu for phones.
"A number of developers are choosing Ubuntu as their primary development system of choice, even if they develop for platforms other than Ubuntu itself, like doing some Android development, web development and so on. We decided a few months ago to start a development and integration effort to make those users completely feel at home. Ubuntu loves developers and we are going to showcase it by making Ubuntu the best available developer platform!"
"However, even if we fill the basic needs for this audience, we decided a few months ago to start a development and integration effort to make those users completely feel at home. Ubuntu loves developers and we are going to showcase it by making Ubuntu the best available developer platform!" said Ubuntu developer Didier Roche.
Simply put, the Ubuntu Developer Tools Center has been created and this is a command-line tool that allows users to download the latest version of Android Studio (beta) and the latest Android SDK. The Android Studio is based on Intellij IDEA, but it's very likely that in the near future, it will also be able to support Eclipse.
The Ubuntu 14.04 LTS support for the new Ubuntu Developer Tools Center is provided with the help of a very useful PPA, but the tools are already in the Ubuntu 14.10 official repositories and they will be ready by the time the new system is released in October.
The Ubuntu Developer Tools Center is still in the Alpha stages, so it's very likely that bugs are present.