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Ubuntu Touch for Tablets: Preview Code for Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 Now Available

Those of us who love to explore technology and like to experiment will know about Ubuntu Linus operating system that was to come for Android tablets and smartphones.  Canonical is the brains behind the development of Ubuntu.  The countdown timer that has been running on the Ubuntu website has ended and the operating system preview for tablets and smartphones is now available – officially.  The tablet version of Ubuntu covers a wide variety of tablets including those of different screen types all the way to TVs.  Each of these previews come with unique user interfaces and presents a simple and elegant way to control the devices and meet user computing needs.

Ubuntu Touch Tablet

The preview codes are built on the Ubuntu core just like all other Ubuntu software and focuses on boosting productivity of the user while enhancing the security of the files, device and the user.  A new twist on the code however is the provision of the multi-tasking capabilities which may give this operating system an edge over most stock Android operating systems.  The nerds will also appreciate that the new code comes with full encryption of files and secure multi-user logins which are an integral part of the Ubuntu operating system.  When these are combined with Ubuntu’s unique display, voice activated controls and gesture-based navigation, the operating system promises to turn your tablet into a clean, magnificent device.

Ubuntu today released the Canonical preview of Ubuntu Touch for Nexus 10 and Nexus 7 devices.  However, these will support an array of devices including Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4, officially.  With the hardware that devices come with today, even a 6 inch tablet can be turned into a technology powerhouse with the right operating system.  Ubuntu touch will work on tablets with screens between 6 and 20 inches and between 100 and 450 ppi display density.  Does the Ubuntu promise to turn tablets into powerhouse devices?

Mark Shuttleworth, the founder of Canonical and Ubuntu, says that the Ubuntu code for tablets is a point where multitasking productivity is engineered to meet rigorous security and elegance to provide an unrivalled 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.” He said.  Conical Ubuntu was inspired by the desire to develop a device that combines usability and style for the beautiful and powerful tablets in the market today.  The new tablet design raises the bar for elegant presentation and sets the standard for design and engineering for tablets.

Features of the Ubuntu Touch

a)     Real Multitasking

Ubuntu touch allows an application to run on the screen of a phone at the same time as a tablet application.  This side stage was invented to make multitasking both efficient and practical – on both phones and tablets.


b)     Secure multi-user accounts

Those who share a smartphone or tablet need to have multiple accounts.  Ubuntu introduces a whole new technology that focuses on securing user data and preventing unauthorized access.  Tablets are very popular today – especially Android tablets – but they have not been adopted in the mainstream commercial world largely because shortage of features, one being multiuser capability.  The Ubuntu security model promises to make the tablets more usable in such institutions as government and private offices, banks, other sensitive environments, schools and homes.


c)      Voice controlled HUD

Heads-Up Display is unique to Ubuntu operating system.  This feature makes Ubuntu tablets easier and faster to do – even when executing complex steps on touch devices.  This transforms touch tablets into powerful gadgets that can run feature rich applications and make tablets more usable and more preferable to PCs and tablets.


d)     Edge Magic

The screen edges on a Ubuntu Touch is used for navigation – navigating between controls, settings and apps.  This leaves the screen space more organized, cleaner and sleeker.  This feature eliminates the use of physical and soft buttons as it makes the use of touch in navigation and control more elegant.


e)     Focus on content

Contrary to ideas you may already have, Ubuntu Touch are perfect not only for official use but also for media playback.  With its content focus, the customizable homescreen makes it easy to search and browse thousands of content in the machine.  It also makes the tablet perfect for those who would like to highlight their content while accessing all other content.


f)       Full convergence

One of the most attractive features of the Ubuntu tablet is the screen.  The interface is coded the same way the interfaces for PC, TV and phones, making tablet display able to truly converge.  Ubuntu is designed to ‘scale smoothly’ across every form factor.


How to Flash Ubuntu Touch Preview on Your Nexus tablet (with Custom Recovery)

If you have an unlocked Nexus device, you can install Ubuntu touch on it.  Here are instructions on how to flash Ubuntu Touch using Custom Recover.  These steps are pretty simple to follow but remember that this is a developer preview – you will most likely find bugs, some functions that do not work and there may be some risk of failing to install altogether.  If you want to use your tablet the way it is though, do not flash this operating system on your tablet.


Instructions to flash Ubuntu on Nexus tablets

1. Your device needs to be unlocked, if it is not, please Google how to.  Once the tablet is unlocked, install Custom Recovery to flash the zip files on your device.

2. Download the right zip file that matches your device.  Choose from manta for Nexus 10, grouper for Nexus 7, mako for Nexus 4 phone and maguro for Galaxy Nexus.

3. Save the zip file on the internal storage of the device.

4. Download the ARMHF zip file and place it on the internal storage.

5. Wipe the data/cache on your tablet.

6. Install the device zip

7. Install the phablet ARMHF zip.

8. Reboot your tablet.

I hope the install works on your tablet.

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