Originally Posted by MacRulez
Thanks for including the link, as those who follow it to read the full article will discover that Rubin's comment was actually saying almost the opposite of what it might seem to out of context:
After being grilled by Walt Mossberg at the Asia D kick-off, we decided to ask Android boss Andy Rubin about the lack of tablet-optimized apps and if that would improve with the new version of Android — Ice Cream Sandwich. Rubin didn’t answer the latter part of that question specifically, but he did stress the one-app-for-all-devices strategy. “I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet,” he said. He also added that “if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets.” Now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t think there shouldn’t be apps optimized for larger screens, it just means that ICS will continue to work like Honeycomb, with a single app scaling differently to different screen sizes. (He referenced staying away from the Apple iPad / iPhone division in the App Store.)
Exactly the point I was making!
“I don’t think there should be apps specific to a tablet,” he said. He also added that “if someone makes an ICS app it’s going to run on phones and it’s going to run on tablets.” Now, that doesn’t mean he doesn’t think there shouldn’t be apps optimized for larger screens, it just means that ICS will continue to work like Honeycomb, with a single app scaling differently to different screen sizes."
That says to me:
1) the app will look and work exactly the same on all screens some larger some smaller
2) there will be no provision for additional capabilities to take advantage of larger screen sizes
3) Android may not be a robust enough OS to handle the differences dictated by larger displays
The latter is an interesting thought.
Many posters, here and elsewhere, claim the iPad is just a big iPhone/iPod Touch and it doesn't run a proper OS.
When, in fact, the original iPhone and all the iDevices that followed do run a proper, desktop-class OS -- Mac OS X that has been skinnyed down to run on an iPhone. Most of the underlying UNIX constructs and OS X core enhancements run on the iOS devices.
That means that as the capability of the mobile hardware grows, over time, iOs can easily
grow accordingly and become closer to the capabilities of Mac OS X running on the desktop.No one else but Apple, has a desktop-class OS running on a phone!
Android, Windows Phone 7, WebOS, the QNX variant, etc. are written specifically for a phone class device.
They have no code bases to draw from to grow these limited phone OSes into tablet OSes that approach a desktop-class OS.
The fact that there are [modified] versions of desktop apps like Pages, Numbers, Keynote, iMovie running totally
on the iPad illustrates my point.
It appears that others' phone/tablet OSes are too limited and must rely on the cloud to accomplish the equivalent of desktop apps.
MS, apparently, is going to partially implement limited desktop app capabilities on Windows 8 running on ARM...
I don't really know what that means... or what it means for the future of Windows Phone 7 (nor does MS, IMHO).
But, MS is the only Apple competitor out there with a desktop OS (and apps) that could be conceivably migrated to ARM phones/tablets to take advantage of their eventual convergence with their desktop OS...
But they are at least 4 years behind Apple!