Are Mobile Operating Systems the Future for Desktop Computing?

With the incredible strides being made in the mobile world, one can’t help but to ask whether or not these trimmed-down operating systems may be heading in a direction that could replace what we currently know as a desktop OS. For example, the debate over whether or not Android would make a good netbook OS has been going on since the first iteration of the mobile platform, and what we’ve seen of Apple’s OS X Lion has given us clear signs that they are borrowing greatly from the iOS user interface. With this in mind, are mobile operating systems the future for desktop computing?

It could be argued that one day, possibly in the not so distant future, mobile devices may actually be the form factor of choice for our everyday computing. You could come home and plug your phone in to a dock that links to a larger screen, keyboard, and other input devices. In the case of the Motorola Atrix 4G, your phone can already be plugged in to a laptop body to create a more complete desktop experience. Current limitations for this application include a lacking ability to install full desktop programs. This limitation aside, you are able to run a full instance of Firefox which allows you to handle pretty much everything you would expect through the browser on a larger Windows or OS X system.

There is a possibility, as different platforms continue to merge and become increasingly interconnected, that we may see a more hybrid form of operating system come together. An OS that can be installed completely and seamlessly between different form factors may offer a solution that is best for both worlds. The problem that faced the tablet industry in years prior stemmed from attempting to put a bulky OS with programs intended for a specific platform on a device that really wasn’t supported by the developers. With a hybrid OS, designed specifically with this functionality in mind, you may have a solution that is both more attractive to developers and OEMs.

6 thoughts on “Are Mobile Operating Systems the Future for Desktop Computing?”

  1. i think the more appropriate line of thought will be ” Are Mobiles the Future for Desktop Computers”. With more and more services being tailored to serve the mobile consumer it sure seems that desktops will be used for heavy and highly technical stuff while mobile wll fulfill our day to day communication and entertainment needs.

    1. I think that you think that everyone always has a mobile phone or other device always on their person clinging to them every second. Check again.

  2. The mobile OSs will catch on when there are a few more devices akin to the Atrix out there.  I really hope Motorola haven’t sewn up the copyright too tight to prevent competitors because I am now waiting until we get a similar system with iOS.

  3. Maybe when a mobile operating system can edit videos and photos professionally, multi-task truly and allow some customization, I am sticking to Windows, Mac, and Linux. I really do not want to use a tablet without a mouse to do the work I need it to do.

  4. For me its like when we can plug our mobile device into any computer any where make us of PC benefits then undock and were on our way again

    1.  Only disadvantage is if we forget or don’t take our “mobile device” with us. There always has to be a fail safe.

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