The gaps between mobile OS and Desktop OS are getting smaller and smaller and almost everyone is carrying a mobile device and keeps a Desktop Computer at home.
Tech leaders say, “Wearable Computing is the next big thing in mobile”.
So, what would you say, if you could carry a small version of an PC in the pocket which still remains your mobile device?
“One Device to rule them all” or “In every dual-core android phone, there is a PC trying to get out with Ubuntu”, just two slogans from Ubuntu.
With ”Ubuntu for Android” it is possible to use your device while carrying around as a mobile device and to use your mobile phone with a dicking station as an full ubuntu OS.
Not to forget about Windows 9, which will possibly run on tablets, laptops, desktops, smartphones and maybe even consoles. The OS itself will hopefully not look the same on Desktop and Mobile. But maybe some Apps could feel and act like wihtout major differences.
This could be just like, “One Microsoft to rule them all”, but since not all devices got the same hardware, the marketplace should be able to check if the app that i’m searching for, will run on my device or not.
Customers get used to features like flicking things around or swiping through content, so they get frustrated of not being able to use gestures they know from their mobile devices on their Desktop computer. That’s why apple started to implement only known gestures from their mobile devices to their desktop computers.
Andrew Chien, a William Eckhardt professor of computer science at the University of Chicago says, “Apple has decided which side they’re on, they’re going to bring all of that intuitive natural stuff into Mac OS X and [that integration] is more important than preserving compatibility with the old interfaces,”
For example itunes with its “flat design”
Benefits and riks of bringing one OS to all devices
- Bringing an desktop os to an mobile device also influences the applications design. Apps that are available on both systems, should look and feel like the same. Users will know the app from either their mobile device or their desktop computer, so why not being able to use them in a known way?
- A big feature would be, to be able to use an Application in full-screen mode with mouse and keyboard. A lot of Users would love to use WhatsApp in this way
- Another benefit would be, developers don’t have to develop for more than one OS, so this would be great, wouldn’t it?
- “One fix to catch them all”, this could save work that needs to be done multiple times
We shouldn’t mention just the bright sides of “merging” two “systems” into one. How about the risks?
- Some control concepts may be not realizable on both and will need some kind of workaround
- Users could complain about a “Metro-like” UI we all know from Desktop Computer running with Windows 8.