After announcing the Ubuntu OS for smartphone, Canonical has now
extended the operating system to tablets as well. The Touch Developers
Preview for this operating system will be available from February 21 on
Ubuntu's developer site, and it will run on Google's Nexus 7 and Nexus
Canonical had been teasing the launch of this operating
system on its website. As per the company's claims, Ubuntu for tablets
will be able to support screen sizes ranging from 6-inches to 20-inches,
and screen resolutions varying from 100 to 450 ppi.
On the face
of it, Ubuntu OS for tablets looks very similar to Windows RT. This
operating system also features what the company dubs as "side stage".
The feature allows user to use any top apps on screen simultaneously.
productivity meets elegance and rigorous security in our tablet
experience," said Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical.
"Our family of interfaces now scales across all screens, so your phone
can provide tablet, PC and TV experiences when you dock it. That's
unique to Ubuntu and it's the future of personal computing."
has already announced that will also be present at the forthcoming
Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona and will be showing myriad of
devices running the Ubuntu OS.
"Fashion industry friends say the
Ubuntu phone and tablet are the most beautiful interfaces they've seen
for touch" said Ivo Weevers, who leads the Canonical design team. "We're
inspired by the twin goals of style and usability, and working with
developers who are motivated to create the best possible experience for
friends, family and industry."
The company had launched Ubuntu OS
for smartphones in January, and Canonical has indicated that the first
smartphones based on the Ubuntu operating system are expected to be
available to the customers by October 2013 in 'two large geographic
So far the company has not disclosed the hardware
partners for the tablets or any timeline regarding when these tablets
will be available in the market.