Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 22nd Feb 2012 14:44 UTC
Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu Take this as a sign of things to come in the land of convergence. Yesterday, Ubuntu announced Ubuntu for Android. This new product basically allows you to run the entire Ubuntu Linux distribution on your Android smartphone connected to an external display and keyboard and mouse.
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RE: Looks good
by zima on Tue 28th Feb 2012 08:21 UTC in reply to "Looks good"
zima
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Plug a HDMI cable, USB peripherals and use phone as a PC, with a desktop OS. Such devices are going to have a wide use, and replace PC's in some cases.

There are around 2 billion PC users (somewhat less than two per PC) - while there are already over 5 billion mobile subscribers.

Yes, most of the latter on quite basic phones ...but I can imagine large part of them, in the next 5 or 10, maybe 15 years, getting a mobile that - while still roughly satisfying their strict cost or dependability expectations - will be at least as "advanced" as contemporary batch of top smartphones. I also imagine some of those future handsets to be relatively large, essentially phone-tablet hybrids (but without the ridiculous price premiums such now have in developed markets) satisfying more "heavy" usages but without the waste of getting another device.


Oh, and also, there are now (IIRC) over 2 billion TV sets in the world, and booming - largely via so called developing world. So decent large screens might get there relatively common in a decade+, ready for the "mobile PC" mode.
It wouldn't be so much about replacing PC's, but giving PC's to, possibly, many millions of people.


(and I wonder about peripherals ...touchscreen could be used as a touchpad after all; maybe even switchable to keyboard mode, if physical one is not at hand)

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