Mark Shuttleworth has said that an 'interesting set of household brands' are looking at putting Ubuntu Touch on their own phones and tablets.
Honing the Ubuntu Touch tablet interface will be the "focus" of Ubuntu's development activities over the next 6 months.
I was pointed to the website of the 'intermatrix u7' on Google+. It bills itself as 'the world's first Ubuntu Tablet'. But before you part ways with your hard-earned cash, take a step back and consider what's really on offer here.
Ubuntu Touch will be featured enough for developers to use daily within 'a couple of weeks', Mark Shuttleworth has said.
With the Ubuntu Touch Preview images now available I predict that, round about now, your temptation is buckling under the temptation to try it out. Well here's how!
Though not a complete, finished version of Ubuntu's new 'convergent' interface, the preview offers developers and enthusiasts alike the chance to go hands-on with the most talked about interface change in Ubuntu's history.
Later today a developer preview of Ubuntu Touch will be made available to download and install on a handful of Nexus devices.
Want to see more of the Ubuntu Tablet interface in action? Canonical have got you covered with this pair of slick promo spots...
Confirming the expected, Canonical have unveiled a new 'tablet' face for Ubuntu as part of their focus on convergence across devices.
It's either a masterstroke of timing or an unfortunate coincidence but both Canonical and Taiwanese smartphone & tablet makers HTC are to make important new product announcements later this evening.
The Ubuntu website is once again displaying a countdown - similar to the one shown ahead of January's Ubuntu Phone announcement. Next to the clock sits a not-so-subtle clue about the purpose of the countdown that reads: 'Tick, tock, tablet time!'
Ubuntu firmware has been made available for the SmartQ T20 tablet by its manufacturer, Smart Devices. The Android-toting T20 ships with Android 4.0.4 preinstalled by default, but users can choose to flash Ubuntu 12.04 on to their devices by downloading the newly released firmware.