Ubuntu convergence tablet at MWC 2016

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After all the excitement of Ubuntu phones finally being launched last year, it was recently confirmed on [OMGUbuntu.co.uk](http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2016/01/bq-confirms-ubuntu-tablet-with-convergence-is-coming) that an Ubuntu tablet, featuring convergence, will be demoed at MWC 2016. This tablet will be based on the BQ Aquaris M10 tablet that currently runs Android. However, with Ubuntu as it’s new operating system, it will not only work as a normal touch-based tablet, but will also have a proper desktop mode when a keyboard and mouse is connected to it.

Here’s a video showing Ubuntu convergence in action:

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Convergence mode was a huge feature that was announced ages ago and demoed via a few videos. It was always expected to have been released on an Ubuntu smartphone. Separate dock was then supposed to have been used to provide connectivity to a larger display, mouse and keyboard to allow proper use of it’s desktop mode. Since then, Ubuntu convergence has only been shown on a tablet and the demo at MWC 2016 should show the tablet change it’s UI to quickly move between desktop and tablet mode just by connecting a  Bluetooth keyboard or mouse thereby negating the need for a separate dock.

The big issue about convergence is “Is it really needed?”

Hopefully MWC 2016 will go some way towards answering this question and maybe the new Ubuntu tablet will usher in a new age of convergence devices.

Visit gadgetgrapevine.com for more info on what’s expected at MWC 2016.

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Telegram app released for Ubuntu Touch

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Telegram, the popular instant messaging app has been released for Ubuntu Touch. Telegram is very similar to Whatsapp with the main difference being that it’s available on all platforms. Telegram is not as widely used as WhatsApp but it’s popularity is increasing daily.

The Telegram app for Ubuntu Touch is a native app and not a web app. It will therefore deliver better performance than the web app version and will be tightly integrated into the OS.

To download and install Telegram on Ubuntu Touch, just visit the App Store, search for “Telegram” and install.

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