How Does The Ubuntu Phone Preview Look On The Google Nexus 7?

Just yesterday, Canonical gave us a sneak-peek into the Ubuntu Phone experience by releasing the Preview version of the OS. The actual version for tablets will hopefully come out sometime next year, so we decided to ditch the wait and play around with the Preview until then. We loaded it on the Google Nexus 7 to see how the OS would work on a tablet. Read on to know how it went.

The Ubuntu installer tools and instructions work on Ubuntu terminal commands, so if you want to give this a try, get yourself an Ubuntu-based system first. But installing the Preview is quite easy. This version, being a test version, is pre-loaded with contacts and social network notifications, but don’t let that overwhelm you. On the downside, web apps can only be previewed on the OS and you can’t even sync your e-mail, contacts and social accounts on the Nexus 7.

Canonical had stated that the minimum requirements for running Ubuntu Phone Preview were a Cortex A15 processor and 2 GB of RAM, so the Nexus 7 with its A9 processor and 1 GB of RAM did experience a bit of a lag in running this Preview. Also, while the Preview worked quite smoothly on the Nexus 4, we can’t really say the same about the tablet version. Maybe Ubuntu isn’t yet ready for tablets. We particularly found the keyboard too stuffed and difficult to use on the Nexus 7.

Another downside is that the Preview version doesn’t allow for use in the landscape mode, making it more tablet-unfriendly. Even though the overall look and feel resembles that of a laptop running Ubuntu, it’s possible that Canonical still has a lot of work to put into the Ubuntu Phone to make it worthwhile.

Given that the tablet version of Ubuntu is expected to release at least 14 months later, we’d say that the company might just be able to make it work well when it finally does come out. Until then, let’s just stick with our beloved Android OS’s on these devices.… Read the rest

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Would The Ubuntu Touch On Nexus 4 Take Away The Samsung Galaxy S3 And Apple iPhone 5 Charm Forever?

Canonical gave us a peek into what to expect by released the Ubuntu Touch Preview version today, and we got a touch of what the Nexus 4 would look like running on it. The Touch Preview version the company has released has the version number 12.10, while the complete version which could release in October would be 13.10. So, could it be worth the hype?

To install Ubuntu on the phone, you require Ubuntu terminal commands, so let’s warn you right away – don’t try this unless you are familiar with using Ubuntu. Installing the Preview OS was surprisingly easy but when you start it up, be prepared to receive many fake notifications of social networks as well as a fake contact list.

Unfortunately, the Preview version is still a work in progress, so you won’t be able to sync your Nexus 4 with your e-mail, contact list and social accounts – which is a huge downer! However, in terms of overall performance, we found it quite pleasing. It looks good, works quite smoothly, and feels familiar to those who have used Ubuntu on their computers. There’s no landscape mode on the phone yet, and we’re not quite sure if there’s one in the works.

It looks promising, but getting the hang of it can take time. We found it especially difficult to navigate. Opening an app wasn’t tough, but once in the app, it took quite some time to figure our way around or return to the previous screen. Ubuntu Touch Preview requires you to swipe upwards from the bottom of the screen to get a back button.

Hopefully, Canonical will work out the kinks and make the user experience on the Ubuntu Phone a whole lot better over the next 8 months before they release the actual OS.

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