There are only two sensible choice
Posted Oct 28, 2012 17:08 UTC (Sun) by khim
In reply to: There are only two sensible choice
Parent article: MeeGo to return next month with Jolla phone launch (The H)
The game seems to focus on getting the most money, not the most functionality.
Not most money. Most users. There's a difference: Microsoft was much smaller then Apple in in 1992, but by 1995 situation was very different because PC ecosystem was much bigger. We'll see if Apple will be able to prolong it's "much larger profits on much smaller userbase" longer this time.
The open source, keyboard-and-mouse finger systems may end up being the most heavily used in serious applications, which could also demand higher prices.
Why? What advantage will they have? You've said it yourself: one side (Android/iOS) must add keyboard and mouse support (and this process is well underway as you know). Other side must add decent finger support. Why do you think adding decent finger support is easier? Please take a look on Microsoft Surface reviews! They all say one and the same "nice idea, but it's still undercooked!".
My gut feeling is that keyboard and mouse in Android and finger-support in Jolla/Meego and Windows8 (or, more likely, Windows9) will mature at about the same time (I'm not sure Ubuntu will be ready by then). And in about 2014-2015 we'll have few contenders for the throne of about the same quality: Android, iOS, Windows8spX (or, more likely, Windows9), may be Jolla/Meego and/or Ubuntu. With couple of billions active users for Android, close to billion active users for iOS, may be half-billion for Windows8spX, tens of millions for Jolla/Meego (if they are lucky) and nothing for Ubuntu.
The only hope for contestants beyond the first two is litigation: they desperately need to stop growth of Android or iOS to have fighting chance at all.
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