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Re: [Ubuntu-tablet] The best opportunity for the ubuntu multidevice concept will be on hybrid devices


I hate to shamelessly plug, but did you get a chance to see my Unity Mobile
mockups a while back? I'm sure there far from perfect, but they are a step
in the right direction.

On Dec 9, 2011 5:36 PM, "Chris" <cyber.druif@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> Seeing this also concerns tablets, I've added them to my reply.
> I've said this before (on the IRC channel it was I think), but I think
> Ubuntu is already capable enough for tablets. It only needs some more fine
> tuning for them, but we're there for 99% (maybe little less). That's why
> I'm not focusing on tablets. We DO need to work on a functional UX or GUI
> for tv and phone, reason being their differences from using a "normal"
> computer.
> First the phone: in normal use it's in portrait orientation. The second
> obstacle is screen size. How we can give that a good functioning Unity
> experience is not yet clear to me. I still need to give it some thought,
> that will hopefully come this weekend.
> Secondly the tv: we're not used to using a pointing device like a wiimote
> for selecting things. It's generally not used as a multitasking device,
> it's a leisure device. Designed for making things easier, not harder.
> I agree on the switching from phone UI to desktop UI when you dock it, I
> was thinking about it. You could even use it as a second our third monitor
> for controlling Banshee for instance.
> I think I've ranted enough for now, let's get this bandwagon going start
> on those storyboard.
> With metta, Chris
> P.S.: I've written this in the middle of the night (1:30 AM) on my mobile.
> I hope I didn't exclude anything in my response ^_^
> On Dec 10, 2011 1:03 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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