Canonical has unveiled “Ubuntu for tablet” with which it completes its multi-screen strategy. The publisher has actually submitted versions for TV and phone for its Linux distribution beginning of the year.
As expected, Canonical has revealed a new interface for tablets for its Linux distribution, that CEO Mark Shuttleworth describes as “the cleanest and most beautiful” market.
The interface of Ubuntu for tablets contains some of the main principles of the version for phones. Starting with what the editor called magic edges, which can interact with a movement of each of the edges of the screen. As in every todays smartphone or tablet environment at the top of your screen are displayed notifications and in the left side are recently used applications.
The tablet version introduces special function called “Side Stage”, which allows user to perform a phone application simultaneously with an application for tablet, like the Snap feature of Windows 8. This function is based on the design truly multitasking platform, which also allows user to perform certain tasks such as checking a notification or sharing of content without interruption, as permitted in BlackBerry 10.
Ubuntu for tablet multi-screen strategy
Ubuntu also has the advantage of being inherently multi-screens. The user experience is consistent from one form factor to another. More importantly, the applications developed natively for Ubuntu operate equally conventional on tablet or smartphone to ARM architecture, on the sole condition that the developers plan to adapt their interfaces to different screen sizes and resolutions. This is a decisive argument to attract developers by dramatically simplifying the development.
The version of Ubuntu for mobile will be implemented for the first time with the publication of a “Developer preview” which can be installed on Google Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 or Nexus 10. But the final version will be integrated to Ubuntu 13.10 in October. The editor indicates that device manufacturers are interested in mobile versions of Ubuntu, but no concrete information is still announced.
Images of the “Ubuntu Developer Preview Touch” are now available for download, precompiled for different devices of the Nexus range. They come with detailed instructions on how to flash the tablet. We would love to hear your first impressions of Ubuntu for tablet so leave your responds in comment section below.