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

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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13 Comments

1. akki20892

Posts: 3902; Member since: Feb 04, 2013

This guys deserves gold medals for their hard works.

3. ihavenoname

Posts: 1693; Member since: Aug 18, 2013

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

2. a_merryman

Posts: 749; Member since: Dec 14, 2011

I can't wait to get it on a phone

8. easymomo

Posts: 91; Member since: Jul 04, 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 Smartwatch Samsung devices for those who love their features like Multiscreen...=> (Please don't shoot me for this one, Samsung is the world best seller)

4. networkdood

Posts: 6330; Member since: Mar 31, 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

5. alterecho

Posts: 1106; Member since: Feb 23, 2012

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

9. brrunopt

Posts: 742; Member since: Aug 15, 2013

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

10. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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.

6. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 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!

7. PK1983

Posts: 215; Member since: Aug 08, 2012

This is win. Have to check it out.

11. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 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..

13. Avenger827

Posts: 46; Member since: Jan 19, 2014

Pure win.

14. sarge77

Posts: 202; Member since: Mar 14, 2013

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

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