Ubuntu for Tablets is here

“Bright. Brilliant. Beautiful.” Yes, Ubuntu is now available on tablets too, besides the Desktop and Mobile version (releasing soon). Talking about the preview, this Tablet OS will be available to the developers with the Mobile version of the OS, i.e. 21st February.

Talking about the features of the tablet OS, the first to be listed on the website is ‘Multitasking Mojo’. The phrase is enough to indicate that the tablet will be a perfect multi-tasking platform. The website indicated that users can take calls in Skype while they work in a document, make notes on the side while they surf the web, tweet while they watch a movie.

We’ve reinvented the tablet as a bridge between phone and PC.

The next to appear on the page is ‘Safer sharing’. This tablet can have multiple secure user accounts and a guest account. With full disk encryption, data protection leaves no questions. Additional encryption for personal data makes Ubuntu perfect for every possible sector.

Perfect for families and friends, and ideal for the office, with secure multi-user logins that make using and sharing devices safe.

Next up is ‘Navigation’. The user will be able to use all the four sides of the tablet to navigate between applications, widgets, settings and controls. As seen in the mobile version, this is also a pure gesture based OS, having no buttons on the tablet. This makes it even more similar to the BlackBerry 10. The left edge of the tablet will hold all your favorite applications (most frequently used and the user most probably will be able to customize this navigation).

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> You don’t have to keep returning to the home screen every time you want to switch apps – everything is available at a swipe. >

The most frequently asked question these days, ‘Applications’. Ubuntu offers a wide range of apps, not just web apps, but even Windows apps. Yes, you heard it right, Windows apps. Ubuntu is capable of running Windows apps with integrated Windows thin-client. The video shows a demo of running MS Office on the tablet in Desktop mode. Also, Ubuntu is not just about native apps, it can run HTML5 apps also. They have also provided guides for Developers to port Blackberry and Android apps to it.

Web applications sit alongside native apps as equal citizens on Ubuntu – with their own icons and access to system services. Facebook, Twitter, Google Maps, Gmail and Spotify are all available from day one – thanks to Ubuntu’s brilliant web app system, developers can easily make their site install on the tablet as an app.

We aren’t limited to HTML5. Native apps are blazingly fast, taking advantage of the full capabilities of the tablet’s processor and graphics hardware.

Search, one of the most important feature that is required these days. If you’re still thinking it’s similar to the search in Android phones, the one through which you can find stuff on the handset, you’re wrong. With this OS, you can not only find stuffs from your personal tablet, but Ubuntu will search the web services for you and will return some suggestions regarding the same, all the content it results might not be available on the Device itself.

Ubuntu has the new HUD, which features Voice control over the device. You can do virtually anything with this.

The Ubuntu HUD makes complex application workflows simple on touch devices. This brings all the power of the

PC to your touch device. And with voice control, it’s as if

you had an extra set of hands – a truly personal assistant.

Talking about the homescreen, the OS has a very neat and decent home screen that features the frequent applications, recent music and some other basic widgets.

The Naturally neat home screen – Ubuntu

Ubuntu also shows off a very interesting feature, we can dock our Ubuntu running devices to a larger tablet screen and it switches the interface to Tablet mode, adding Mouse and Keyboard switches it to familiar Desktop mode. This is somewhat like we saw in ASUS PadPhone.

Today’s tablets are as powerful as ultra-light laptops. Ubuntu uniquely supports a new category of convergence device – add a keyboard and mouse and your Ubuntu tablet becomes a full PC and thin client, with access to Windows apps over standard protocols from Microsoft, Citrix, VMware and Wyse.

We are very much eager to see Ubuntu running on a Tablet device with such capabilities. We will see the Preview OS for Ubuntu for Tablets with the release of  Preview for Mobile version of the OS, i.e. 21st February.

 

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