Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 21:04 UTC
Editorial Like many of you, I've been watching the big changes in user interfaces over the past few years, trying to make sense of them all. Is there a common explanation for the controversies surrounding the Windows 8 UI and Unity? Where do GNOME 3, KDE, Cinnamon, and MATE fit in? This article offers one view.
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RE: No puzzle
by WorknMan on Tue 2nd Jul 2013 23:47 UTC in reply to "No puzzle"
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Because there is already an very good and extremely popular mobile OS for Windows users. It's called "Android".

The problem with Android though is that you can't run the same apps on mobile, tablet, and desktop. For those of us that still live mostly on the desktop, this is a big deal. If you're lucky, you'll get a nice web front-end for the Android app you're using. If you're unlucky, you get a shitty web front-end. And if you're REALLY unlucky, you get nothing at all.

'But why would you want to run the same apps on phone/tablet/desktop'? Well, why the f**k not? For example, Doggcatcher... awesome podcatcher app for Android, but when I go to my desktop, I can't run it, unless I use Bluestacks or something. I don't want to be tethered to a damn tablet when I have a PC right in front of my face. And as it stands, there are no good podcatchers for Windows, or at least none that I can find. (And anyone who says 'iTunes' is getting stabbed in the eye ;) ) Same with the Android grocery app I use... would love to input a list into that app on my desktop and then have it auto sync on my phone. And I would like this functionality with most apps on my phone/tablet.

The article here insinuates that running the same app on all 3 platforms could never work because of differences in interfaces and input methods. But if we can change the UI of a phone app somewhat to make it look nice on a tablet, why can't we alter the UI of a tablet app somewhat so that it works on a desktop? For example, if it's running on a desktop, maybe it has menus and toolbars to access, and if it runs on a phone or tablet, it doesn't. But otherwise, has pretty much the same functionality. I don't think this is too far-fetched. Maybe you have three separate apps with different UI layers running the same code base, but you know what I mean. 'Wouldn't this be confusing to end users though?' No more confusing than making them have to access a f**king web app on their desktop ;)

Despite the predictions of many pundits (probably since the 80's), the desktop is not going away any time soon.

Edited 2013-07-02 23:47 UTC

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