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The best opportunity for the ubuntu multidevice concept will be on hybrid devices
We have now the following hybrids:
Asus transformer (laptop / tablet hybrid)
Motorola atrix (phone / desktop / laptop / tv-media center); The jack of all trades.
And in the possible future:
To compete, Apple may be working on hybrid mobile devices with ios and full osx included (ipod/iphone that when docked turns into a desktop like a mac mini).
Now, the current hybrids are great concepts, and these devices will get more and more powerful, but what are their weakness ? their desktop experiences. They don't offer as good experience as a real desktop OS like ubuntu would offer.
As you can see from the Asus transformer review:
"This is what the ASUS EeePad Transformer really comes down to, isn't it. It's a perfectly capable Honeycomb tablet. But it should be, given Google's close watch over it's latest baby. But it's not enough for the Transformer to merely look like and pretend to be a laptop. We've tried that with with Motorola Xoom and a Bluetooth keyboard, and it's a pretty disconnected experience. Work a little on the keyboard, then you have to reach up and touch the screen. Type, reach. Type, reach. That's no good."
Similarly the moto atrix:
Awesome concept, super powerful phone, but the desktop experience is mostly limited to just a browser... which disappoints.
This will be the next trend in mobile computing and ubuntu will have quite a good number of advantages, so imo the announcement of a mutildevice ubuntu experience was on good timing but there's not much more time to lose.
Will be hard to compete directly with established platforms like ios/android on lone devices, so we have to look for newer areas in which they're not so strong yet. But in areas you can't compete, some type of partnerships would be an option too.