Saw this today: Announcing Ubuntu For Phones.
I’m a very happy iPhone user, but there’s one nugget in that article that I want really, really badly:
“Ubuntu for phones is not just limited to just the Operating System on the phone screen itself. Ubuntu also has the technology, as demonstrated with Ubuntu For Android, to boot a full Ubuntu desktop from the phone when it is docked with a screen. This provides a complete Ubuntu experience in your pocket, for both your phone and your desktop, with a clean consistent look across both screens, and with all your content available on your phone and desktop using Ubuntu One. This is revolutionary.”
I want. Smartphones now have enough power to run a desktop computer. Sure, not a crazy rig for hardcore gaming, but definitely enough for what most of us do most of the time. Plus, it really annoys me to have to figure out ways to sync all my data between all the devices I use (desktop, laptop, iPad, iPhone). This idea above solves all of that by making those all the same machine. No syncing required.
This was half-heartedly tried recently with the Android Atrix phone. It was a phone that could dock into a laptop-like thing. I think it flopped because the “desktop experience” was limited to a special build of Firefox.
If this idea does go anywhere, I assume it’ll be years before it’s really good and looks like my vision, but this is still great news. A great experience like this would be one thing I can think of that’d get me off iOS. If you could also dock the phone into a 10-inch tablet-esque screen, I’m done, just take my money now.