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Ubuntu is Counting Down to HTC’s Press Event Tomorrow, Saying It’s “Tablet Time”


So HTC may have said before that they were getting out of the Android tablet game after “learning a lot,” but it seems that they might be diving back in. Hot off the heels of the picture that HTC tweeted featuring hidden devices, Ubuntu’s website is now counting down to something: HTC’s press event tomorrow morning.

This isn’t an official announcement by any means, but the signs couldn’t be any stronger at this point. The HTC Instagram picture did look like it showed something a bit larger than a phone, but until this we had our doubts. This certainly is strong evidence that HTC and Ubuntu have kept a pretty massive secret up until this point. Then again, the two could be completely unrelated and Ubuntu is planning on their own announcement tomorrow as well.

We know many readers have been interested in Ubuntu on their phones, but what about a bigger screen?

Via: The Verge

  • danwblog

    HTC is doing its own event for HTC One, nothing to do with Ubuntu. HTC are unaware of anything happening with Ubuntu today. Unfortunately for us fans, Ubuntu is just an irrelevance and an unkown in the cell phone industry these rumors are just going to make the Ubuntu news disappointing as people are now expecting a credible link where there is none.

  • Matthew Merrick

    Am I the only who expects this event to be the final nail in the coffin for HTC?

  • Artistik Medicine

    Ubuntu is one minute behind HTC’s time…DUN…DUN…DuNNNN!!!!!!

    Super Duper Funny!!!! I highly doubt the Geniuses even noticed…

  • baconslayer09

    Ubuntu tablets eh? Interesting…

  • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

    Hmmm…. Don’t think it’s related. HTC won’t hop into something this unproven with ZERO ecosystem

    • Well I’m sure behind the scenes it’s been tested.

    • Tim242

      They did that with Android. The very first Android phone was HTC, as were the next several. HTC has been first at many things

  • GotSka81

    An Ubuntu tablet isn’t the same as an Android tablet…

  • Otto Dieffenbach

    rules for a good tablet, top specs, proper size and stock android. but if they do ubuntu as a dual boot or like the astrix video where it docks ill be all over it. since every manufacturer has stumbled with the dock releases make it be their responsibility.

  • I’m gonna sound like a total noob here since I have no clue how ubuntu works. Why all the hype with it? Ive never used it and just wanted to know what the pros and cons over Android is and why would a phone or tablet work better or worse then our beloved Android.

    • I don’t think anybody is really prepared to answer your question, since Ubuntu hasn’t been released yet. And as far as I know, nobody has even demoed it on a tablet, only phone. This is why I am skeptical to think that Ubuntu countdown and the HTC countdown are related, however the evidence certainly seems to point to the contrary. I just have a hard time believing that Canonical (the makers of Ubuntu), which makes open source software, and HTC, who is famous for locking their equipment down tight (just try to get S Off on the DNA) have somehow partnered for a release of some product that there have absolutely be ZERO rumors about, until now. If this turns out to be true, and Ubuntu and HTC have decided to partner with one another, then that is a VERY bold move on HTC’s part to use an unannounced, untested OS, since they are already losing market share in the phone market and virtually don’t exist in the tablet market.

      The hype is there because Ubuntu is among the most stable and widely used distros of Linux out there.

      • Ibrick

        Just wanted to point out that s-off was cracked for all non-SD HTC devices late last night. Confirmed working on the One X/L, DNA etc..

        Props to beaups and teamandirc for doing what no one else could for over a year!

        • Butters619

          Beaups coming through in the clutch. Definitely glad to pay up for that bounty.

          • Ibrick

            Bricked his DNA in the process so donations are definitely in order.

          • Butters619

            Any person who uses his method should definitely donate. Even if it’s only a few bucks.

          • Ibrick


            I actually couldn’t find a donation link for beaups but I agree, huge achievement and deserves some love.

            Maybe it’ll be mentioned on the DL Show this week? Along with a quick explanation of the difference between unlocked and s-off? Hint.. 😉

        • Do you have a link? , been waiting for. S – off for a while

          • Ibrick


            Got a link in his ID

    • Butters619

      I think a lot of people are mainly excited because they have used Ubuntu in the past or just because there is another Linux based mobile OS coming. One difference is Android uses it’s Dalvik VM to run apps vs a Java Virtual Machine, but they are very similar (Google used Java source)

      • michael arazan

        Techies are excited, the average consumer doesn’t even know what Ubuntu is. I know my brother is excited about Ubuntu, all I know is that it is a linux based os, and I don’t really know but will find out tomorrow on why this is good or bad or great.

        • JoshGroff

          Picture a cross platform Linux experience. I think that’s the main thing we’re looking forward to, or even more, a unified ecosystem across phone/tablet/pc/etc.

  • I used to use Ubuntu, but their newest versions just got slower and bloated with Unity. I’m interested to see what their tablet version will look like. I’m hoping it’s like the phone, but optimized for tablet UI. If it’s anything like the desktop version, then forget about it.

  • Daeshaun Griffiths

    seriously unexpected though.

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  • JG

    my body is ready

  • Tom Snow

    Bigger deal: Ubuntu software or HTC tablet?

    • Me personally? Meh to both….

      • droidman101

        HTC tablets all sucked because they never seemed to realize Gingerbread was a phone OS.

    • I think Ubuntu OS is more interesting, unless HTC brings something really unique to the table hardware-wise. I can’t really say I’d jump into Ubuntu though unless it has an Android compatibility layer, because there’s not much El goog’s product can’t do.

    • Tom Snow

      honestly, I think its most impressive they both kept it a secret this long. At least if it’s true…only speculation!

  • peterpiper

    cant wait!