After Ubuntu for phones, Canonical has unveiled Ubuntu for tablets. The new operating platform for tablets is identical to the one earlier revealed for smartphones. The new Ubuntu tablet platform supports a range of display sizes from 6-inch to 20-inch with pixel density from 100 to 450ppi. From February 21st, Ubuntu for tablets will be available for Google’s tablets, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, to experience the new platform.
The new Ubuntu ecosystem allow users to use single platform on multiple devices include smartphone, tablet, PC and a television. Users just need to dock the device to appropriate screen and the platform will run on that screen accordingly. While the docking feature adds a new aspect of operating system in the tech world, Canonical has also uses a new multi-tasking capability in the tablets platform. The new multi-tasking support is known as ‘Side Stage’ which shows a phone app as well as a tablet app on a single screen simultaneously. The interface of the new platform is also designed in keeping mind of multiple user support, the platform gives full encryption for personal data which secures the multi-user interaction in the device.
The new Ubuntu tablets platform also comes with ‘Heads-Up Display’ feature which makes the performance faster and easier. This new feature bridges the gap between a PC and a tablet as well. As Ubuntu for smartphones, the new tablet platform also supports gesture inputs. Users have to swipe from left for opening up the apps page and moreover, screen edges are used for navigation between apps, settings and controls.
On announcing Ubuntu for tablets, Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical said;
“Multi-tasking productivity meets elegance and rigorous security in our tablet experience. “Our family of interfaces now scales across all screens, so your phone can provide tablets, PC and TV experiences when you dock it. That’s unique to Ubuntu and it’s the future of personal computing.”
On the developing side, a single code will work on multiple devices which means in the coming future, the apps on Ubuntu running PC, tablets and smartphones will be the same. Canonical has published the SDK and also provide full support for developing new apps on the emerging platform. Of course, the company will also showcase the new operating system at Mobile World Congress 2013, in Barcelona. Visitors can also port the new Ubuntu platform to a range of smartphones and tablets including Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 at the company’s booth at MWC.
Watch official trailer of Ubuntu for tablets:
Though Ubuntu tablets platform is still has very less number of native apps and the hardware support from OEMs are yet to be announced but we assume that the first range of Ubuntu tablets will be available in the year 2014. On the other side, first smartphone based on Ubuntu platform will be unveiled in the month of October, this year.