Ubuntu for tablets officially connects Canonical's convergent dream
0. phoneArena 19 Feb 2013, 11:07 posted on
Canonical has been saying for a while that it intends to make Ubuntu an all-in-one operating system, meaning one version will run on all devices from phones to tablets to traditional laptops and desktops. Given that aim, it's not surprising that the newly unveiled tablet-optimized version of Ubuntu looks quite a bit like Ubuntu for phones that we saw unveiled last month. And, even better, we won't have to wait long to see Ubuntu for tablets in action, because devices will be on display at MWC next week...
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6. abdane (Posts: 483; Member since: 07 Oct 2011)
now have to choose between Android and Ubuntu ! :(
21. lyndon420 (Posts: 2471; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
Actually Ubuntu is essentially Android.
22. lyndon420 (Posts: 2471; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)
...by that I mean they both run on Linux.
27. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Android has a bloatware called JAVA which is one of reasons for LAG that people from other side of fence talk of :)
2. lilhart (Posts: 22; Member since: 22 Jan 2013)
I guess the days of idiotic patents are coming to an end and people are trying to come up with real innovation and b'ful design.
3. TheCellX (Posts: 49; Member since: 08 Nov 2011)
Really interesting. I like the UI... some fresh and needed air..
5. pokharkarsaga (Posts: 365; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)
More elegant than Windows phone & more functional than android
8. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Great. If i were to chose between Ubuntu and Android i would rather take the former on all devcies.
9. hltechie (unregistered)
10. ilia1986 (unregistered)
Now *THAT* is how one competes with Android. Well done, Canonical. Very very very well done.
Now it's up to Google to provide a similar experience in Android 5.0 :D
18. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
With JAVA Bloatware of Android it can never be same as Ubuntu in performance on a given hardware i think.
24. ilia1986 (unregistered)
So... remove the Java bloatware, optimize the kernel and streamline the UI.
It would be awesome to see Android-ubuntu app compatibility. :D
11. jove39 (Posts: 1409; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)
Ubuntu may deliver where winRT failed...perfect combination of productivity and entertainment
12. Valdomero (Posts: 127; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)
I can't wait for this OS to be released.
I wonder who will be their hardware manufacturers and how much will these devices cost?
I hope these beauties won't cost over $400 unlocked
13. archangel9 (Posts: 231; Member since: 07 Feb 2010)
Proud to be a user of Ubuntu and Android.You just combined the two because after all it's Linux altogether. Ubuntu for Android on desktop,Ubuntu phone ,soon to be on all Android phones and now for tablets. GAME CHANGER
14. valapsp (Posts: 490; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)
minimum RAM of 2 GBs? Nexus 7 has 1 GB but is supported. How come?
15. Techboi (Posts: 84; Member since: 20 Sep 2012)
If Nokia choose to use another OS, Ubuntu is the one they should take a creak at it not Android.
17. yero789 (unregistered)
Ok so the truth for me is-I always tried using Ubuntu on my netbook,because Windows 7 Starter was so slow on it(my netbook has Intel Atom N455 1,6Ghz,2GB of RAM).But whenever I installed Ubuntu,it was running just like Windows 7,even worse,it was slow and laggy.But when I upgraded to Windows 8,my netbook started to work so fast,I know I have an issue with Windows 8-whenever I want to use Metro apps I need to change the screen resolution,but that's not a problem for me.So in my opinion Windows 8 is better than Ubuntu!
23. Reluctant_Human (Posts: 869; Member since: 28 Jun 2012)
They have a version of Ubuntu specific for netbooks and it runs great on mine. I would suggest giving that a try and see how you like it.
26. yero789 (unregistered)
I know that version,but that version isn't as beautiful as the desktop version+I use Microsoft Office very much,I need Word,PowerPoint very-very much,because I'm studying and I need those too programs very much.I know Ubuntu has OpenOffice Free,but it isn't as good as Microsoft Office.Anyways,thank you :) I don't think that I will change the OS on my netbook for a long time,because my netbook works fast and with no lag! :)
19. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)
Nexus tablets may see a jump in sales as there are quite a big number of users who use Ubuntu on Desktop so they may want Ubuntu on their Tablets too.
20. MC1123 (Posts: 1254; Member since: 12 Nov 2012)
they better bring this fast!!! im waiting for sailfish as well!!
25. cheeseaddict (Posts: 49; Member since: 05 Sep 2012)
is ubuntu and android somehow related? i'm feeling a threat for an droid, the ui is smooth and clean like what is said on the vid, hoping to see it soon in action
28. alexvoda (Posts: 17; Member since: 11 Jan 2013)
I think the ideal OEM for Ubuntu would be Asus.
Asus are the only ones who make a phone-dockable-in-a-tablet-dockable-in-a-notebook
with the Padfone and that would suit this concept perfectly.
Asus also doesn't have a big market share on phones or even on tablets.
So with Android they compete with hardware against other Android OEMs.
With Ubuntu they would bring a whole new kind of product.
The best move Asus could pull would be to ship unlocked boot loaders and have the exact same hardware in both Ubuntu and Android variants.
They have the Transformer (robot themed) line for Android.
They could add the Morpher or Shapeshifter (more human themed) line for Ubuntu (which is actually Southern African for "humanity towards others")