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Ubuntu Touch Preview For Nexus Tablets Coming This Thursday

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Following the announcement of developer preview availability, Canonical announced this morning that a tablet-friendly version of Ubuntu will be ready for Nexus tablets starting this Thursday. Developers can load the OS up on either Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 devices, which has a new multitask interface which is previewed in the video below. 

Well, I must say I am sort of relieved that this had zero to do with HTC. Developers and tech enthusiasts, are you excited for all of this Ubuntu stuff?


Via: Ubuntu Developers

Cheers Jared!

  • C-Law

    i’ll be installing this on my N7 as soon as someone posts a dual boot method.

  • Michael

    I really wish Android would incorporate the snap like feature they have where I can have two apps open on my tablet. Where one is tablet layout and the other is phone.

  • Phill

    How would i put this on my nexus 10 #newbie

  • Olga Peluso

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    • mgamerz

      FOR REALS?

  • br_hermon

    Admittedly this does look pretty cool. They may have nailed a tight, seamless integration from one device to another all in one OS. Would it make me give up Windows and Android…. doubtful. But here’s a good pat on the back.

  • RicoDelicioso

    If only I could install this on my HP Touchpad. That would be awesome sauce.

  • artsr2002

    This looks pretty cool. It appears that PadPhone users with their ability to dock their phones into tablets will have a great new tool to work with. I like the overall concept. Its now time for manufacturers to start coming up with a standard solution that will allow phones to be docked like the padphone or the motorola units with the laptop dock. Phones are getting ridiculously powerful with quad-cores and lots of memory. This is a logical next step I think.

  • Trevor

    WIll it use the play store? Or does it have its own store?

    • Trevor

      Can’t watch the vid at work

      • Rabid Rotty

        Watch it on your lunch break?

    • cocamoxb

      It only references the ability to use existing Ubuntu applications so I’m guessing no to the Play Store, yes to it’s own….. only deriving from the video.

      • Trevor

        That’s a killer for me.

    • Rabid Rotty

      I read an article somewhere in which it stated that a store was not a priority yet. But one could be in the works in the future. I just wish I could remember which article it was.

  • I’m in.

  • spunker88

    Hoping to see this ported to the Touchpad at some point. It already has Ubuntu ports so once the source for Ubuntu Touch is out there it probably wouldn’t be too hard to port it, since I imagine the same drivers that work in ARM Ubuntu work in Ubuntu Touch

  • Christopher Greenfield

    That guy’s belt buckle is killin me

  • Chris King

    the only way I’d try this if it was dual boot

  • JBartcaps

    That dude needs to button his top button on his shirt

  • I hope we will be able to multiboot this on the Nexus 10.

  • This looks pretty awesome

  • Rabid Rotty

    Tired of Android, hate IOS and Windows, and unsure of the stability of BB. Glad there is a refreshing new OS that works seamless across all platforms. Might give it a shot when it has matured a bit more. Will def be keeping an eye on Ubuntu. Just wish they offered an all in one service like Google does though.

    • JBartcaps

      Tired of Android? Now that’s something you don’t hear everyday!

      • Sounds like someone needs to flash some roms

      • Rabid Rotty

        Well not so tired of android per say, just jilted at Google and some of their employees. Certain things said and done, just soured my experience with Google. Flashing ROMs is still based on Android. I will be much happier when a full NON-Google Service becomes available.

        • mustbepbs

          Do tell.

          This sounds juicy.

          • Rabid Rotty

            Yeah its not such a big thing. But in a conversation I had with a few Employees, and I’m not talking about the front line customer service guys on the phone, I discovered what they truly think of their customers. Not just the people that use their free services, but those that actually pay for their services. It just really put a huge dent in my respect for Google. I’m slowly ending all Google services.

          • mustbepbs

            Big corporations don’t care about their customers?

            You don’t say!

          • Rabid Rotty

            Lol, Oh I know big corporations don’t care, but when they come out right and absolutely insult their customer, yeah that doesn’t fly to well

          • mgamerz

            I assume you’re talking about Google Apps? Since that’s about the only thing I can think of where you pay for google services. Doesn’t google hire subcontractors to do the talking with the clients?

          • Rabid Rotty

            You are forgetting Drive which I cancelled, and Nexus devices that you purchase directly from Google. and as I stated before, it wasn’t their front end customer service. A couple of their engineers. But really that is all I’m going to say about this subject

          • NaN

            I used to work there. I’m sorry those guys gave you a bad impression. My team cared quite a lot about the people we served.

          • Rabid Rotty

            Thanks NaN, you posting that shows that you and your team cared, and the higher level of maturity that should be presented.
            My opinion of this bunch I dealt with is that they are just a bunch of snot nosed ironic hipster kids, and need a course or 2 on how to professionally represent a company. I do not like doing business with children.

  • Only way for me to get back to Ubuntu is if they scrap software center. My god is it slow and unintuitive.

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  • Benjamin Oram

    I think this is very cool.. and may root my nexus tablet for this. I wonder if i could get my nexus to dual boot android and ubuntu

    • cocamoxb

      My thoughts exactly. If I can dual-boot, done.

    • mechapathy

      Remember, you don’t need to root to flash on a Nexus device. As long as your bootloader is unlocked, simply use ‘fastboot boot nameofrecovery.img’ to boot something like CWM or TWRP and flash from there.

    • jeesung

      which nexus tab. N7 has Multirom (http://forum.xda-developers.com/showthread.php?t=2011403) and i have Ubuntu & Android.

      Ubuntu is not the tablet optimized version shown above.

  • I love the gestures, the Sidestage feature, and being able to speak to the tablet to bring up settings like Display Brightness etc. Looking forward to testing it on my N7.

  • EC8CH

    The buttonless all gesture based UI is definitely intriguing.

    • MaudnirenBerg

      what Ronald answered I am impressed that some one able to make $5201 in four weeks on the computer. did you see this link ➣➣ Fb26.ℂom

    • NorCalGuy

      I am running PA with PGM2 and Nova Prime gestures. There are no buttons I don’t even use the powered button to turn the screen on and off.

  • can someone please shoe-horn this onto a xoom?

    • Tony Allen

      I was thinking the same, then actual functionality came to mind and the lack of power the Xoom has in comparison, maybe it’s best they don’t.

      • droidftw

        My Xoom has been powered off for 7 months. I hope they port this. May be a reason to charge it.

        • Kree Terry

          I feel the same about my gnex, waiting patiently for ubuntu for phones to be released

    • MaudnirenBerg

      as Jesse said I cannot believe that a mother can make $8373 in 4 weeks on the computer. have you read this web page

    • MaudnirenBerg

      just as Jeffery implied I’m in shock that any body can earn 6K in a few weeks on the computer. did you look at this page

    • MaudnirenBerg

      what Scott said I didn’t even know that a student can get paid $8382 in four weeks on the computer. did you see this page http://goo.gl/iUf02

    • I agree, miss getting Android updates on my Xoom, would love to have something new to do on it

  • Jared

    I’ll give it a look. I’m always interested in new ideas and innovations. I’m intrigued, for sure. Add a dalvik emulator to this so it can run Android apps, and Ubuntu may have a great thing going.

    • droidman101

      Get bluestacks to run on a Windows VM so you can run android on windows on Ubuntu all on a tablet designed for android