My curiosity got the better of me and I decided to try the Ubuntu Tablet OS Developer preview on my Nexus 7.
Things I liked (over Android)
Quick access to apps via Unity sidebar.(Android has "sidebar" and "unity" apps)
Challenges ahead for the Ubuntu OS (in no particular order)
- Keyboard needs a lot of improvement
- Less intuitive (had trouble figuring out how the swipe gestures work)
- Show me the apps! Currently the Twitter, FB and Gmail apps are just shortcuts to the web. Nothing like native apps!
- Google integration. Yes I am a Google power user
- Switching between apps is clumsy (Android intents rock!)
- Closing apps is painful (you need to swipe up from the bottom edge, then press the "X" icon.
- Getting it to work on different screens. Some dummy apps clipped (see Game and Calculator images below)
|Home screen |
(currently it is a static and does not do anything)
|Recent apps |
(swipe up from the bottom edge)
|The Unity bar |
(swipe rightwards from the left edge of the screen)
|Dummy Home screen|
|Dummy Music content|
|Dummy Call screen|
|Home screen (downloadable content)|
|Dummy Music screen |
|Game gone for a toss |
|Battery panel |
(swipe down from the battery icon)
|Could not change the Date/Time |
(swipe down from the Date icon)
|People home screen|
|Dummy Calculator |
(clipped, does nothing)
Ubuntu Tablet OS has a LOT of work to do. If you are a Ubuntu Tablet OS developer, then you should stop reading this post and get back to work while I get back to flashing Android 4.2.2!