In just a month after announcing that it was working on a smartphone OS, Canonical, the company behind Ubuntu has revealed that it is working on a tablet version of the Ubuntu OS. The company also announced that developers will have a sneak peek of the OS on their Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 devices as from tomorrow (February 21, 2013).
Ubuntu tablet interface will be able to support screen sizes of up to 20 inches and resolutions not exceeding 450 PPI. According to Oren Horev, lead designer for the Ubuntu tablet experience, “The tablet fits perfectly between phone and PC in the Ubuntu family.”
Some of the features that tablet running Ubuntu will have include:
- Real multitasking: With Ubuntu, a user will be able to run a phone app and a tablet app all at the same time.
- Edge magic for cleaner apps: Ubuntu OS does not require any physical or soft buttons as you can easily navigate between apps, settings and controls through the screen edges.
- Voice controlled HUD productivity: The Heads-Up Display that is unique to Ubuntu makes it extremely easy for users to do complex things on their touch devices and to bring the power of the PC to your tablet by transforming the touch interfaces for rich applications.
- Content Focus: Media is nicely presented on the customizable home screen, this means you can search hundreds of sources easily.
- Secure multi-user: Ubuntu will support multiple accounts on one tablet with full encryption for personal data coupled with trusted Ubuntu security model.
- Full convergence: Since the tablet interface is presented exactly the same OS and code provided in the phone, PC and TV interface, there will be true device convergence.