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


I disagree a bit here.

Performance keeps increasing at a rapid rate. We are already at *quad-core* tegrat 3's!

the hybrid transformer prime was the first to get it.

When ubuntu for tablets/phones becomes available in 2 years we'll probably be at tegra5 (8 core?)

that's a lot power and they're only getting more powerful. Companies are already starting to plan these new/better concepts around that kind of power.

But hybrids still lack a good desktop experience and that is pointed out on the reviews. But that seems to be the opportunity and many of the old contenders will grab it if we dont.

This product category is exciting and becoming increasingly popular. It was predicted that mobile and desktop computing would start merging and is starting to happen.

From: satchitb@xxxxxxxxx
Date: Sat, 10 Dec 2011 06:03:24 +0530
Subject: Re: [Ubuntu-phone] The best opportunity for the ubuntu multidevice concept will be on hybrid devices
To: estelar57@xxxxxxxxxxx
CC: ubuntu-phone@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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:

"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.



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