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Ubuntu touch-based OS teased for January 2nd

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A countdown teaser has been posted to the Ubuntu homepage that’s currently set to expire on January 2nd. The banner bears a "So close, you can almost touch it" tagline, implying an announcement based on touch support for the OS. That shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise considering Canonical’s recent hints at the future of Ubuntu. In a Slashdot Q&A last month, Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth made it fairly clear that a cross-device OS was on the cards, with full mobile and tablet support set for Ubuntu 14.04 sometime in 2014.

Early last year, the company announced Ubuntu for Android, designed to provide a full desktop experience to an Android phone once docked and connected to a monitor. The main OS has been steadily improving too: the 12.0.4 LTS release brought a new HUD interface for easier access to menu commands as well as improvements to the OS’s app store, Software Center. The Verge will be on hand at tomorrow's announcement to cover Canonical's news if a touch-enabled Ubuntu sounds intriguing, then keep an eye out.

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