Canonical showed off its Ubuntu operating system for smart phones last month. And there were rumors about the company releasing its operating system for tablets as well. Well, it did happen yesterday and we now know what Ubuntu on tablets feels like. The operating system is designed by taking all the positives of other tablet operating systems, for example from Android and Window 8/RT.
Canonical has released a ROM of its mobile operating systems for Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7, and Nexus 10. If you are interested, you can download the ROM, flash it on your device, and become one of the very first few people to try out Ubuntu on mobile devices.
The company demoed a lot of cool features in the operating system at the demo. But unfortunately, not all of them will be made available in the developer preview version that will be released. For example, there you can have multiple accounts set up on the tablet and you can switch between users. When a user logs in, there will be notifications for the user (if any). But this only demoed, will not be available right now. But there are placeholders in the developer preview in a radial menu. I guess we will have to wait a while for that.
The new operating system uses a lot of menus, as we have seen on the mobile operating system. But these are easily a step forward to what we have used on Windows or Android. For example, we have the same notification area at the top which comes down when you swipe from the top. But along with notifications, to which you can reply inline, there are system settings as well.
Also, swiping up will bring up contextual menus. One feature which we will like for sure is a dedicated widget for app settings. You can manage open applications on your tablet from this widget. Also, the “side stage” feature lets users run two apps side by side. This is right now intended to run mobile apps at one side of the display. But we will for sure see more use out of this one very soon.
Source: The Verge