Canonical, the UK-based software firm, Tuesday unveiled a tablet interface for Ubuntu.
The standout features of Ubuntu tablet interface are "side stage," a side-by-side multitasking of phone and tablet app on a single screen. "Secure multi-user" allows multiple user accounts on one tablet with full encryption of personal data. It also offers a full PC experience when the tablet is docked with keyboard.
"Multi-tasking 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."
The new Ubuntu tablet interface will support the ARM-powered device with screen size of 6 inches to 20 inches. "The tablet fits perfectly between phone and PC in the Ubuntu family," says Oren Horev, lead designer for the Ubuntu tablet experience. "Not only do we integrate phone apps in a distinctive way, we shift from tablet to PC very smoothly in convergence devices."
The interface is compatible with any Linux-oriented Board Support Package (BSP), which means, Ubuntu can be easily enabled on most devices that are currently designed to run Android operating system.
"Fashion industry friends say the Ubuntu phone and tablet are the most beautiful interfaces they've seen for touch," said Ivo Weevers, design team lead at Canonical. "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."
Ubuntu Touch Developer Preview will be available to download Feb 21 along with installation instruction for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablet devices as well as smartphones such as Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus.
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