Ubuntu, a flavor of Linux and undoubtedly one of the most loved OSes around the globe, is all set to make it’s debut on tablets. Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu presented a tablet interface in what it described as the next step towards one unified family of experiences for personal computing on phones, tablets, PCs and TVs.
Canonical said that *uniquely* the OS allows a phone app on the screen at the same time as a tablet app. This will enable efficient multitasking and will improve the usability of phone apps on tablets. Another significant feature is it’s availability to allow multiple accounts on one tablet with full encryption for personal data with the trusted Ubuntu security model widely used in banks, governments and sensitive environments.
It has been envisages that there should be *less clutter and more content*, hence the edges of the screen will be used for gestures and navigation.
The tablet interface supports screen sizes from 6-inches to 20-inches and resolutions from 100 to 450 pixels-per-inch.
Oren Horey, lead designer for the Ubuntu tablet experience said:
Not only do we integrate phone apps in a distinctive way, we shift from tablet to PC very smoothly in convergence devices.
A version of Ubuntu subjected to smartphones was announced earlier this year, with a developer build released this week. The Touch Developer Preview can run on Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets, the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones.
According to Ubuntu dev website, here’s what to expect after flashing your hardware with the build:
Not all functionality from a production device is yet available on the Touch Preview. The list of functions you can expect after installing the preview on your handset or tablet are as follows. For detailed information check the release notes.
- Shell and core applications
- Connection to the GSM network (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
- Phone calls and SMS (on Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4)
- Networking via Wifi
- Functional camera (front and back)
- Device connectivity through the Android Developer Bridge tool (adb)
While personal computing is becoming ever more mobile, this decision from Ubuntu comes at a crucial point.