The developer preview of Canonical's Ubuntu Touch OS was released last week and now we've finally got a hands on demonstration of how it works. Canonical gave a demo at their booth at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
For an early developer preview, the software seems to be fluid and functional. The core applications all seem polished, although it's hard to tell without getting our hands directly on the OS. The most impressive thing about Ubuntu Touch is the ability to multitask. You can run a phone style app in a little column while running another app behind it or to the side. This feature mimics Windows 8's Snap feature.
Ubuntu Touch still has a long way to go in order to be a viable competitor in the mobile OS market. Canonical still hasn't shown off any 3rd party applications, which it will need to succeed. The projected release of the final software is in early 2014, which is quite a long way in the future. Can Ubuntu succeed in this crowded space? Watch the video and decide for yourself.
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