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Ubuntu convergence shown with the same app running on a phone, tablet, and PC

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Ubuntu convergence shown with the same app running on a phone, tablet, and PC
One of the most compelling visions for the future of computing is in the idea of convergence - the idea that there should be one operating system that spans all devices. Some companies are taking a slow road to convergence (Microsoft/Google), and some companies don't believe that this is the way forward at all (Apple). Canonical is the one company going all out on convergence with Ubuntu, and we're starting to see exactly how that will work.

The basic idea for Ubuntu is that the OS itself will be the same on your phone, tablet, PC, and TV; and, the apps that run will be the same as well and the design will adapt to the display being used. This makes a developer's job easier, because you write an app once and it will run on multiple devices. And, it makes the experience better for users because you don't have to set up the same app multiple times or worry about transferring app data, because it's all the same app. We are seeing similar functionality with Windows 8 right now in the app space, but the systems themselves are still separate. 

Canonical's Community Manager Jono Bacon has released a new video showing off this convergence with a community-made Reddit app called Karma Machine. Bacon shows the app running on a phone, tablet, and Ubuntu PC and how the UI will adapt to each display. This functionality looks pretty compelling, especially keeping in mind the plans to allow you to dock your mobile Ubuntu device to a monitor and keyboard and have it serve as a full Ubuntu PC. In this case, when you dock your phone, any apps open would simply adapt to the new display, while underneath they are still running the same code in the same OS. Pretty impressive stuff.

Although, it should be noted that while Canonical will have the phone and tablet system ready to go with Ubuntu 14.04 in April, and it will be releasing the Ubuntu Software Centre for mobile devices when handsets start hitting the market, converged apps will not be coming at the same time. Converged apps rely on the new Mir display server and Unity 8 UI in order to work, but both of those pieces have been delayed and won't be part of Ubuntu 14.04. More likely, we'll see those updates and proper converged apps in Ubuntu 14.10 in October. 

source: OMG! Ubuntu!

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posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:40 8

1. akki20892 (Posts: 3902; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)

This guys deserves gold medals for their hard works.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 14:09 2

3. ihavenoname (Posts: 1693; Member since: 18 Aug 2013)

100% agreed. While I'm not Ubuntu user myself, I admire the spirit and attitude.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 13:49

2. a_merryman (Posts: 749; Member since: 14 Dec 2011)

I can't wait to get it on a phone

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:55 1

8. easymomo (Posts: 91; Member since: 04 Jul 2012)

It will be hard in the future to choose your devices:
Nexus => pure Android
Motorolla Project Ara => the ultimate modular device
Ubuntu => No limit on your phone or tablet
iDevices for Apple lovers
Google Glass
Samsung devices for those who love their features like Multiscreen...=> (Please don't shoot me for this one, Samsung is the world best seller)

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 14:47 2

4. networkdood (Posts: 6330; Member since: 31 Mar 2010)

This is how computing should be done. With Apple you have to create a different version with each different type of device - this is great work, Canonical

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 15:49 7

5. alterecho (Posts: 1099; Member since: 23 Feb 2012)

Convergence huh? Microsoft put tiles on everything, and called it a day.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 17:39

9. brrunopt (Posts: 742; Member since: 15 Aug 2013)

Microsoft is working in a single OS for all platforms, rumored to be out next year

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 21:49

10. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

He knows that.. Just let him be... He's mad, and he has reason to be... Just let him pout,, he'll be alright.

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:42

6. rodneyej1 (Posts: 3576; Member since: 06 Jul 2013)

Microsoft is moving towards converging all of its platforms very well.. With every update the synergy between the devices is coming together as expected..
My Windows 8 machine looks, functions, and synchronizes with my WP devices very well, and it's plain to see what MS is shooting for here.. In the past few years they've done a lot of work, abandoning old products, and OS's, and it's paying off now.. Although not perfect, and not complete, the Win8 platforms, and Xbox, are coming together beautifully... Good job MS!

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 16:42

7. PK1983 (Posts: 215; Member since: 08 Aug 2012)

This is win. Have to check it out.

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 00:13

11. saiki4116 (Posts: 404; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)

Imagine a PadFone like device having this OS, you have phone and then you keep it in Tablet dock and it becomes a Tablet, connect it to Monitor, it is full blown Desktop OS. Ubuntu is the most loved and hated GNU-LINUX distro..

posted on 13 Feb 2014, 03:53

13. Avenger827 (Posts: 46; Member since: 19 Jan 2014)

Pure win.

posted on 16 Feb 2014, 23:29

14. sarge77 (Posts: 202; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)

I would love to see ubuntu on lg g2 and more Flagship phones.

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