Friday, 8 March 2013

[Pictures] Ubuntu Tablet OS on my Nexus 7

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 Messages
Dummy Music screen
(does nothing)
Game gone for a toss
(does nothing)
Battery panel
(swipe down from the battery icon)
Could not change the Date/Time
(swipe down from the Date icon) 
"Sharing" screen
People home screen

Dummy Calculator
(clipped, does nothing)
Notes app
(worst keyboard ever)
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!