Ubuntu unveil tablet interface

Ubuntu has unveiled its tablet interface one day before the first Ubuntu for Smartphones image for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 is made available.

HumanIPO reported yesterday Ubuntu had announced the launch date for the Touch Developer Preview image for the Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 smartphones, with Canonical saying the tablet interface is “the next step towards one unified family of experiences for personal computing on phones, tablets, PCs and TVs”.

Mark Shuttleworth, founder of Ubuntu and Canonical, said: “Multi-tasking productivity meets elegance and rigorous security in our tablet experience.

“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 Ubuntu tablet interface will support screen sizes of anything from 6″ to 20″ and resolutions from 100 to 450 PPI.

Oren Horev, Lead Designer for the Ubuntu tablet experience, said: “The tablet fits perfectly between phone and PC in the Ubuntu family.

“Not only do we integrate phone apps in a distinctive way, we shift from tablet to PC very smoothly in convergence devices.”

With relatively high quality performance CPU and hardware on a tablet the Ubuntu interface offers a full PC experience when the tablet is docked to a keyboard.

As well as announcing the Ubuntu tablet interface, the company also revealed “The Touch Developer Preview of Ubuntu” which will be published tomorrow will also have installation instructions for the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablet devices as well as smartphones such as the Nexus 4 and Galaxy Nexus.

Installable images and source code will be available from developer.ubuntu.com

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