The mobile market shows no signs of slowing down. Android devices are flying of the shelves along side of Apple iOS products such as the iPhone, while Microsoft and Canonical hope to play catch up. This picture is more than telling, not only does it show the current market share of each operating system, but its particularly telling that Android and Linux mobile devices are consider two different systems. We'll get to that later.
A few glaring realities start to emerge as a defined, purposeful and probably a fully coordinated, unspoken agreement between the industry heavy weights. Which is obtain complete control over personal computing through the cloud, if not through the desktop OS then a push into mobile and new cloud oriented operating systems that are not compatible with their PC counterparts.
But wait you say, I can hook up my device to my computer and swap files, do updates and stuff. I would say your right, but can you also use your favorite mobile apps on your computer? Even if its from the same company and or the same organization? Do your iOS apps run natively on your Mac, How about your Windows mobile apps on your PC or lets not forget Android apps on your Linux box.
Didn't think so. The only type of solutions I've seen so far are emulation which isn't the same as running natively. Feel like a frog in pot of water yet? Anyone that may be already coping and pasting links/text to disprove this article and or opinion. Before you click send, please read on.
I keep reading arguments about how Android is or isn't Linux and or opensource. Yes there is Linux at the core, but if that only makes up 1/5 of the system, is it really like your Linux box that your so proud of? No. I also read arguments in a few forums about how the Android apps are programmed for arm processors and thats the reason why it doesn't work. This may be the case, but has anyone seen a Rasberry Pi running Debian with Android apps? Nope.
I would say this is a bit of bull____, the opensource community has been able to put Linux on just about anything and have a long running track record of getting programs running on Linux even if its from a totally foreign operating system. So one would think that since its supposedly almost the same that it wouldn't be too difficult to get the Apps working, even if they were all ports, but you don't see that you do? Smells like Apple's Mac OS X running on BSD but their programs can't run on actual BSD. hmmmm
iOS apps fall under similar situations, different processor, different core technologies, so in other words its a Apple OS that isn't really OSX in anyway or at least 'not enough' to be able to run your iOS apps natively. So Apple and Linux essentially have two OS's, a desktop and a mobile that aren't compatible.
Microsoft, well I don't really follow them at all, I read their apps don't work on Windows either, probably similar circumstances, but don't really care because with that company your going to get screwed no matter what they tell you. So best to avoid them at all cost.
So we have three 'new' operating systems competing for your new found way of computing. And they are all hoping, pushing and maneuvering the population in making mobile computing, aka. the cloud the standard, and hopefully the only way you will or even can compute in the future.
Part of the 'maneuvering' is spurring a massive creation of 'Apps' through in house development and the promise of riches to developers. Where do most of those riches come from you ask? Through violating your privacy mostly. Each 'free' app displays ads and gathers all the information they can on you, your friends and your habits, that is hardly free. But it does provide riches for those building the programs or should I say building the monitoring apps.
Once mobile computing becomes the norm and ensuring that those apps do not work on the current desktop operating systems is key to pushing users to heavy mobile computing and eventually the only computing necessary for most users everyday needs. Because all their favorite apps will be mobile only.
There are a massive amount of apps and games on these mobile systems that I would really love to use on my desktop. Android has a boat load of apps I would like to run and iOS has quite the selection of cool apps that my Mac buddy would want to use daily too.
I don't have any Windows buddies, I don't get along with them at all. I barely get along with my Mac buddy, because he is a bit pretentious (typical mac user), but we've been friends since we were kids so he gets some leeway. :)
Needless to say this article/blog has been long winded enough. The short of it is pretty simple, I think the mobile apps are purposely, at least in some circumstances, not being made compatible and or available to the 'mother' OS's simply to get a big shove in the direction of killing the desktop through omission of software in order to get to the riches, control and spying ability of the cloud. Where you are the product, not the software, not the computer, but you the individual and all your personal information. This is of course my opinion and how I see things progressing.