A Slashdot article today poses the question:
"It's interesting to watch the Ubuntu phone development process, even as those who are satisfied with Android phone or iPhones, ask, 'Why?' We could ask the same about the Firefox OS Phone, too. Maybe the most realistic answer in both cases is, 'Because we could.'"I'd like to take a crack at answering that question...
- Android, iOS, and Blackberry started with a phone, and have spent years adding general computing capabilities
- Ubuntu started with a general purpose operating system, and recently added the ability to make phone calls
And frankly, as we're on the technical cusp of device convergence...
I believe that the latter approach will actually succeed in that endeavor.
I want a super speedy user input interface when using the handheld device, but it must also quickly, seamlessly, and ideally, wirelessly, dock into a PC environment with the creature comforts of a huge LCD screen, comfortable keyboard, and mouse.
Is that too much to ask? Perhaps not...