Posts Tagged ‘Android’

HP May Understand Tablets After All

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I wrote a few weeks ago that tablet manufacturers are missing the point when they use a desktop OS like Windows 7 in order to be compatible with desktop software.  That post was written after reading about HP’s slate, which was a Windows 7 device, so basically a netbook without a keyboard.  I argued that a touchscreen-specific OS and software should be used on tablets; using desktop on tablets has been tried for the past decade and hasn’t worked.  There are two valid OSes right now: iPhone OS and Android.  Unfortunately for tablet makers, only Apple can use iPhone OS, leaving Android as the only current choice.

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Tablet Manufacturers are Missing the Point

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

The iPad is a shining example of how a tablet computer should be designed.  Trying to build a tablet that runs desktop apps is missing the point.  Desktop apps were designed for the Windows paradigm, one that includes keyboard and mouse inputs as essential.  You cannot translate those properly to a tablet by simply trying to map touch input to keyboard/mouse input.  It is kludgy and overly complicated for mass consumers.  Tablets need to be built with a touchscreen-specific operating system, such as iPhone OS or Android, and all apps should also be designed specifically for a touchscreen input, not a keyboard/mouse input.

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