After unveiling Ubuntu for smartphones and smart TVs, Canonical has unveiled the tablet version of the OS. Notably, the tablet OS preview will be available on February 21 right alongside the smartphone preview, so this means Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 users will be able to install the preview version of the OS just like Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4 users can install it on the smartphone version. Canonical has promised that it will provide all the tools and details needed to flash the OS on the devices in question. Also Read - Windows 11: Release date, top features to expect, how to upgrade and more
But many will question the existence of yet another platform. Before anyone starts questioning, it’s a big deal because by the time Ubuntu hits version 14.0.4 it will share the same code across the PC, smartphone, tablet and TV. Yes its that lightweight and this includes the ability to run PC applications across form-factors if the right chipset is being used. Also Read - Microsoft Windows 10X cancelled: Here's what happened
Essentially the same security features, UI, features and user profiles will be the same across form factors. Unlike Windows 8, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8, all applications will be run on the same platform. Currently, Windows RT and Windows Phone 8 don’t share an app development platform, but Microsoft is rumored to be bridging this gap. Also Read - Make in India: Canonical looking at manufacturing Ubuntu smartphones in India
There will be a feature called side-stage that will allow users to run smartphone apps right alongside tablet apps and users will also be able to have Windows RT/Windows 8 style split-screen multi-tasking scenarios.
As far devices are concerned, nothing should be expected before 2014, and it will ship with an app store and a docking mode. Additionally, Canonical has tapped an unnamed chipset maker to optimize its processors for the platform.