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One day we’ll all be using a single device as a phone, tablet, and desktop. Unfortunately, the hardware and software required to make this a reality hasn’t happened yet. All the pieces are there (touchscreens, powerful mobile processors, etc.) but nobody has figured how to piece it all together.
Who will be the first company to come up with a unified operating system that works consistently across devices?
They made an attempt with Windows 8, but it feels like a prototype with a lot of Windows 7 baggage. Furthermore, none of their phones use this OS. It’s rumored that Windows 9 will attempt to tackle this challenge once again.
Microsoft has enough desktop users that they can win over more smartphone/tablet users - if they can design the right user interface.
In the open source world a lot is being done to unify the desktop and mobile experience. Canonical is reportedly working on a new version of it’s OS that would turn your Android phone into a fully functional desktop when docked. This functionality is only available to OEMs and developers right now, and only works on a few devices.
Unfortunately, Ubuntu is not on most people’s radar. It’s still mostly relegated to developers and system administrators.
Nobody really knows what Apple is up to. There were rumors about OS X and iOS adapting similar features a few years ago, but the only common links between these two operating systems in 2014 is iCloud and the App/iTunes Store.
Apple has also said repeatedly that they don’t think a touch interface belongs on the desktop. I think they’re completely wrong about this.
Now that the latest iPhone can run 64 bit applications, we could see a lot more innovation from Apple over the next few years. But Apple tends to release minor improvements year over year to their existing product portfolio. They haven’t released a game-changing product since Steve Jobs passed away in 2011.
Google has Android and Chrome OS (linux-based). Both are great operating systems, but offer a completely different user and developer experience and ecosystem. With Chrome OS and Android OS selling so well in their respective categories, it’s hard to predict how these two operating systems may converge.
I can see Google being the first company to pull this off. They understand the cloud better than anybody else. They also innovate and iterate faster than anybody else.
If Google can successfully merge these two platforms everybody else could be left in the dust.
Tablet/PC Hybrids in 2014
2014 is going to be an interesting year for the hybrid tablet/pc. Asus, HP, and Dell have all launched multi-function hybrids that run Windows 8, Android, or both.
2014 will be the year of the tablet/pc hybrid. Consumers will flock to these devices when they discover the utility and fun of a hybrid.
Will 2015 bring us the unified device and operating system? I hope so, but our imaginations move much faster than reality. I think we’re another two years out from seeing a decent prototype, and another five years from widespread consumer adoption.
It’s funny how history repeats itself. Back in the 80’s Apple was innovating and building better products than other PC manufacturers. They had decent market share, but as PC clones and Microsoft improved, and prices came down, Apple lost most of the market. When Steve Jobs was fired Apple’s decent accelerated.
Fast forward to 2014, and a similar scenario between is playing out between Google and Apple in mobile. Apple set the world on fire with their mobile products in 2007 with the release of the iPhone, and again in 2010 with the release of the iPad.
Now Google and Android phone makers are doing the same thing to Apple in mobile. The quality gap is nearly bridged, and Android’s price points are much more affordable. Apple’s decline in mobile and tablet marketshare has happened just as quickly as their decline in the PC market. Unfortunately, there won’t be a Steve Jobs comeback this time around.
As an Apple Fanboy, I hope they can continue to compete as a top player in mobile. Somebody needs to keep Google in check.
Remember what happened when Microsoft claimed 90% of the market There was a lack of innovation and quality for nearly a decade as the market stagnated with no real competition.
One of the key reasons mobile has advanced at a breakneck pace is because two heavyweights are battling it out for marketshare. Once one of those heavyweights falls, the last guy standing will get fat and lazy, and consumers will lose.