Side Stage allows Ubuntu Phone apps and select Ubuntu Tablet apps to run in a smaller section of the screen, alongside the main app. It aims to "go even further" with the idea of multitasking, allowing screen space to be divided in this manner. Examples shown in the announcement video included a notes app being used alongside a web browser, and a user swiping from the right edge to bring a mobile version of the Facebook app into view over a playing video.
Side Stage was first shown demonstrated on 19 February 2013 and included in both launch trailers for Ubuntu Tablet.
- Ubuntu for tablets - Full video | celebrateubuntu na YouTube
- "Ubuntu unveils tablet experience with multi-tasking" (press release). 2013-02-19. Accessed 2013-02-27.
- Jon Brodkin. "Shuttleworth: Ubuntu tablets won't be as "jarring" to users as Windows 8". Ars Technica, 2013-02-19. Accessed 2013-02-27.