I’m super excited by Ubuntu for Android devices. It’s promise is to truly converge mobile and PC. A cell phone turns into a desktop when docked.
While Microsoft has also envisioned something similar with Windows 8/RT ecosystem, the approach Ubuntu is taking is slightly different, and apparently more clever. However, the devil is in the details, and I doubt that things will work as seamlessly as promised here.
While, there are many interesting tidbits about the announcement, I find the following two noteworthy.
“Existing web properties can be installed on the Ubuntu phone, where they can run as web apps independent of the browser, with full access to the system just like native apps.”
Not really true, but they do indeed support artifacts as notifications.
“Our unique web app system lets you quickly adapt any web property for installation as an app on the phone, running independently of the browser, with its own icon and access to system services. This means that all the big names will be available to Ubuntu phone users at launch.”
Again, does not sound completely true. On the one hand, they talk about “adapting” a web property, and on the other hand they promise that all big names will be available at launch as if there is no need for those big names to make any change.
What do you think?