We’ve already seen one coincidence related to HTC’s special event this week – surely the leak detailing when Samsung’s Galaxy S IV is expected to launch is one – and here’s another. Canonical, the company behind the Ubuntu software, has put up a teaser image on its website saying, “Tick, tock, tablet time”, complete with a countdown ending on 19 February.
Ubuntu has recently unveiled its Ubuntu for Mobile software, which will find its way on to smartphones around October this year, with a preview of the software set to be released on 21 February. This suggests it will be joined by software which has been adapted for use on a larger, tablet screen.
OK, now, ask yourself what else is happening on 19 February? Why, HTC is holding an event where it’s expected to reveal the HTC M7, tipped to be officially named the HTC One. Android blog AndroidAuthority put the two together, aided by an unedited teaser picture from HTC itself which shows a distinctly tablet-shaped device underneath a cover, all ready for its big moment.
HTC has been rumoured to be releasing a new tablet for some time, but most expected it to run Android. Could it be announcing an early version of an Ubuntu tablet instead? If so, we have to assume it won’t be going on sale until much later in the year, as we’ve not seen a retail ready edition of the smartphone OS yet, let alone a tablet-enhanced alternative.
It all sounds a little too convenient, but we’re willing to be surprised, and thankfully we’ve not got long to go until we find out for sure.