A while ago we informed you about Canonical working on Ubuntu for smartphones. Today the company announced Ubuntu for tablets, which is the last step in the company’s four-screen strategy. ‘What is so exciting?’ you may ask, since there are other platforms that work on different types of devices. Indeed they do, but the story gets a little more interesting when you consider what Ubuntu has to offer.
What Ubuntu Touch has to offer for tablet users.
As Mark Shuttleworth, founder of the Ubuntu project and currently VP of Products at Canonical, emphasizes there will be “one Ubuntu” on multiple platforms: desktops, phones, and tablets, which puts Ubuntu in a class by itself when compared to other multi-device strategies. Take for example Android and iOS, which are designed mainly with smartphones in mind, or Windows which works best in traditional desktop environments. Ubuntu app, on the other hand, will perform equally well on desktops, phones and tablets.
Ubuntu Touch for tablets has been developed with multi-tasking in mind. The biggest feature to drive that point home is SideStage that allows a phone app on the screen at the same time as a tablet app. SideStage can come in as an overlay or as an adjustable split-screen item and what even cooler is that the tablet app in SideStage can be automatically flipped over to the phone part, and the user interface will change accordingly.
Commercial tablets with Ubuntu will be available in 2014, but developer will be able to play with it starting this Thursday, February 21.
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