We are already expecting Canonical to release the Developer Preview of Ubuntu for smartphones on February 21. But it is now looking like that will not be the only announcement they plan to make this week. A new countdown timer has appeared on the Ubuntu site and it is set to expire tomorrow morning. Coincidentally, the Ubuntu countdown timer is set to expire at the same time as the HTC timer.
We are expecting HTC to announce the One smartphone, however the Ubuntu announcement looks to be tablet focused. Along with the timer is a brief teaser which reads "tick, tock, tablet time." Given that it seems clear that we can expect them to talk of something tablet related. The question remains though, will this be an actual tablet or a tablet optimized version of Ubuntu. We believe the latter.
Following that train of thought, we would be surprised if Canonical had a release ready to go. Or for that matter, if they released a tablet developer preview alongside the smartphone developer preview. What we would expect is an announcement including some details as far as where they stand in terms of progress at the moment and maybe a demo. If Canonical does have a live demo, one could guess that a Nexus 7 would be involved.
This just follows previous talk from Canonical. In the past they have said that they planned to have Ubuntu running across all devices (mobile to desktop) by 2014. As for the Nexus 7 guess, this just goes back to the previous developer release which included an Ubuntu installer for the tablet. All that said, the Ubuntu teaser lining up so nicely with the HTC event is hard to ignore -- especially when the latest HTC teaser looks to have a tablet.