Ubuntu Will Soon Be In A Tablet Near You

  • Magic edges for easier navigation
  • Instant application launcher
  • Multitasking via Side Stage

Ubuntu is following up on its dreams of providing users with a unified experience among different devices.

  • Magic edges for easier navigation
  • Instant application launcher
  • Multitasking via Side Stage

Ubuntu is following up on its dreams of providing users with a unified experience among different devices. And yesterday, Canonical, the creators of Ubuntu unveiled their latest offering designed specifically for tablets.

Currently available for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, the tablet version of Ubuntu will have relatively the same features as its smartphone counterpart. These include the instant launch bar which is accessible by swiping from the left edge of the screen which holds your favourite apps.

System notifications and quick settings are also accessed by doing a swiping gesture from the top of the screen. With this feature, users can switch networks, turn on mobile data, mute the volume, respond to incoming messages or block notifications without leaving an application. If you swipe up from the bottom of the screen, the user is presented with app controls and options that provide a cleaner, more spacious and less cluttered interface.

Search functionality is also the same on both the tablet and phone versions. Instant share and cloud connections are present on both versions with support for all major networks such as Facebook and Twitter.

But there are also things unique to the tablet version of Ubuntu. One of them is a feature called side stage which basically works the same way as the snap feature on Windows OS. This allows a phone and tablet app to be placed on the same screen at the same time for improved multitasking.

Ubuntu for tablets will also come with the option to have multiple secure accounts which is perfect for families and friends and ideal for corporate use where a device is shared among different individuals.

A voice control feature also comes standard with the tablet version as well as the Ubuntu HUD which makes complex application workflow simple on touch devices, giving users the same power one would get from a normal computer.

At present, the operating system is only optimised for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, but being the open source software that it is, it’s not possible that other tablet manufacturers to adopt the system into their devices especially with the OS having a few of these incredible features in tow.

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