Canonical today is unveiling Ubuntu for tablets, a touch-based interface supporting screen sizes of anywhere from 6" to 20", and use cases targeting both businesses and the home.
The announcement is hardly a surprise given Canonical's recent unveiling of Ubuntu for smartphones, with the first handsets expected to ship in October. Canonical hasn't told us when it expects hardware vendors to ship tablets running Ubuntu, but it's possible Ubuntu smartphones and tablets are on the same schedule.
As previously reported, a developer preview of Ubuntu for phones is scheduled to be released on Thursday of this week. That phone preview can be installed on the Galaxy Nexus or Nexus 4. It turns out the developer preview for tablets will also be available the very same day, and it can be installed on Nexus 7 or Nexus 10 tablets. A software development kit that supports phone app development will be updated to support the creation of tablet apps.
"Installable images and source code will be available from developer.ubuntu.com," and Canonical employees will install Ubuntu on your phones and tablets in person if you visit their booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, the company said. A Canonical spokesperson told us that the code coming out Thursday is an early build and "not ready" for in-depth reviews and tests.