Canonical yesterday brought in Ubuntu which is a touch based operating system which is capable of working on screens with varying sizes from 6 inches to 20 inches. From February 21 onwards, Ubuntu will be available for use for the fast moving and popular tablets the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10. Ubuntu is to be soon made available for even the Samsung Galaxy Nexus and LG Nexus 4. Owners of these tablets need not worry as Canonical has given assurances that installation tools with easy step by step instructions will be provided so as to make the process of flashing smooth and easy to carry out.
Canonical is confident that this new interface will be widely used, enjoyed and will benefit the consumers. This technology is capable of providing a very intuitive experience. Canonical said that it is certain that this new interface and design "breaks new ground in design and engineering". With this User Interface you can execute multi-tasks in a smooth and unhindered way without any bumps or other hurdles. Its multi touch technology is top stuff. With this advanced technology you can use a phone app on the screen simultaneously while using a tablet app. Apart from this, Ubuntu for Tablets offers a new capability Canonical calls “side stage” multitasking, which is espoused to provide more efficiency in multitasking and considerable improvement in the usability of phone apps on tablets.
With this user interface multiple user accounts can be used and had on one tablet with full encryption for personal data, which is safely combined using Ubuntu’s security model. Canonical has made claims that Ubuntu for Tablets has power that equals the power of a PC by grace of the Heads-Up Display which will make it fast and easy to perform multitudinous and complicated tasks on touch devices.
Ubuntu provides a neat layout, and a streamlined way of accessing and using apps which will not cause problems like requiring too many buttons and access modes. Gesture sensitivity is added for instance swiping the screen from one of the four sides will make apps pop up, settings and other controls too. So the complications of accessing menus and sub-menus is negated.
The device experience will be increased by a bit due to the fact that the tablet interface has the same OS and code as PC and TV interfaces. Docking to a keyboard will show you that the experience is that of a PC and you will gain access to remote Windows applications over standard protocols from Microsoft, Citrix, VMWare and Wyse. Looks like Canonical has issued response to Microsoft’s comment about unifying its desktop and phone platforms.
Canonical has stated that even without chipset-specific optimisation, Ubuntu does well on entry-level hardware. "Our four-year engagement with ARM has shaped Ubuntu for mobile," said Rick Spencer, VP Ubuntu Engineering at Canonical. "We benefit from the huge number of contributing developers who run Ubuntu every day, many of whom are moving to touch devices as their primary development environment."
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