Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Canonical unveiled Ubuntu for Tablets, images coming for Nexus Tabs

Canonical today unveiled Ubuntu for tablets, which it said will help unify the Ubuntu experiences across phones, tablets, PCs, and TVs. A Touch Developer Preview will be released on Feb. 21 via, which will work on the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. So, now you have chances to enjoy Ubuntu on all of your favorite Nexus devices. 

Ubuntu for tablets isn’t some totally different operating system than Ubuntu for phones. Basically, it’s the same OS, but with an interface tailored to a tablet rather than the smaller screen of a phone. Canonical isn’t satisfied with just projecting a new interface onto a different display, and the OS will sport a “side stage,” which is a multitasking feature that will allow a phone app to appear on screen at the same time as, and work side-by-side with, a tablet app. 

Ubuntu Tablet is based on the same code that powers the Phone version of Ubuntu – so strong emphasis is placed on gestures. Like Ubuntu phone, the tablet interface doesn’t require hard or soft keys to be present for use.

Canonical is enhancing its Multi Screen technology, and it's not like that on Galaxy Note II. Ubuntu tablet works like most other tablets when you’re out and about, save for the fact that it’s running Ubuntu. But connect a monitor, keyboard and mouse and you suddenly have the traditional desktop experience, with a full window manager and multiple windows of concurrently running apps. 

Canonical has finished working on Ubuntu 13.04 which will be released in April 2013 and plans to release Ubuntu 13.10, which includes the the smartphone experience, in October. But carriers will then need to test that software, so actual phones probably won't come out until the first quarter of 2014. According to the Shuttleworth,  The tablet experience is expected with Ubuntu 14.04.

More info about Ubuntu for Tablet can be gained from here. (Official link)

Canonical have outlined minimum tablet specifications for partners to target both “entry level consumer” and these “high-end enterprise” audiences.

Entry Level

  • Dual-core Cortex A15
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB Flash Storage
  • 7-10″ Screen


  • Quad-core A15 or Intel x86
  • 4GB RAM
  • 8GB Flash Storage
  • 10-12″ Screen

What do you think about this version of Ubuntu? Will it stand in the market and compete already placed giants? Would you like to test it on your Nexus? Share with us in comments.

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