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Ubuntu for Tablets Coming this Week

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Recently, Canonical put up a countdown timer for something cool related to tablets. It is was obvious it was going to announce Ubuntu for tablets, because we have already seen Ubuntu for phones. Well, it is official, Canonical has announced Ubuntu for tablets, and thye will support displays ranging from 6-inches to 20-inches. It will be targeting both home and office usage.

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This announcement is no surprise given the first unveiling of Ubuntu for phones are expected to ship in October. Although, we still have no clue whatsoever about when hardware vendors will start shipping tablets running the Ubuntu OS; but there is a possibility the tablets may arrive in the same time frame as the phones.

Ubuntu for Nexus Devices

As we already know, the developer preview for Ubuntu for phones is expected to be released this Thursday. This developer preview can be installed on both Galaxy Nexus and Nexus 4. In addition to that the developer preview for Ubuntu Tablet, will also be available on the same day. And, it can be installed on, yep you guessed it right, both Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 tablets. The software development kit will also be updated to help, and support the creation of apps for tablets.

Ubuntu at MWC 2013

Installable Images and source files will be directly available from developer.ubuntu.com and Canonical employees will install Ubuntu on your phones or tablets in person, if you visit their booth at MWC 2013 in Barcelona next week. One Canonical spokesperson said that the code coming this Thursday is an early build and isn’t ready for thorough testing, and in-depth reviews. Canonical expects mobile devices with Ubuntu to start shipping in the first quarter of 2014. The October timeline mentioned earlier is just for the software, not devices running Ubuntu out of the box.

What are your thoughts on Ubuntu mobile OS? Do you think it stands a chance against the likes of Android and iOS? Let us know by commenting below.

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