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Re: The best opportunity for the ubuntu multidevice concept will be on hybrid devices


Just offering my unqualified opinion here: when docking a hybrid device, it
doesn't become more powerful, so a desktop experience would have to be just
as light as a portable one. That's why OSX or Ubuntu won't work in anything
close to a full fledged form on such devices. Rather, the experience would
have to be *emulated* by slightly altering the UI to fit the needs of a
keyboard+trackpad input rather than a touch input.

On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 5:33 AM, Omar B. <estelar57@xxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

>  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:
> http://www.androidcentral.com/asus-eeepad-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:
> http://www.engadget.com/motorola/atrix-4g-review/
> 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.
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