Shuttleworth: Quantal, raring, saucy…
Posted Oct 20, 2013 14:00 UTC (Sun) by khim
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I doubt Google give two hoots about it; Cyanogen is probably the more pressing de-platforming risk.
Both Cyanogen are Ubuntu are minor issues. What Samsung is doing is major issue: it tries to establish it's own “ecosystem” which may lead to separation from Google's mothership in the future. So far Samsung is not too successful (not many prefer Samsung's store to Google Play store) but it has money and patience to pull it of eventually.
Cyanogen does not try to create it's own ecosystem (indeed: huge efforts are made by it to actually join the Google's “ecosystem”!) and in reality it does not look all that different from other Android vendors (from Google's POV, at least) and while Ubuntu may theoretically be a major problem in the far future it's offers are so disorganized and confused right now that it's impossible to even say what it's plans are going to be.
They're already way late to the party.
That's why they are trying to jump to the next party. Smartphone world is mapped and covered: it belongs to Android and iOS and this situation is basically untouchable right now. But next stage will be convergence of desktop and mobile. Here we have two mediocre players (Andoid and Windows) which hold “half of a loaf” each (Windows has desktop while Android has smartphone; both Windows phones and Adroid “desktops” exist but in both cases these are early, not very capable and very popular models). Apple is in best position, but even Apple does not have the whole loaf: it has two halves which are currently disjoint and must be connected somehow.
This, indeed, opens up some window of opportunity for the Ubuntu, but I'm not sure I see the coherent offer which may grab people's attention. It looks more like mindless “throw everything at the wall to see if it sticks” trashing. Samsung can afford such behavior (after all his devices bring solid profit even if all it's addons are not really used by users), but I'm not sure if Ubuntu can afford to do that for very long: this party will be well underway in a couple of years, too.
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