Why Continuum could succeed where the Motorola Atrix failed


  • kills Dumbledore

    Remember the Atrix in 2011? A phone that could plug in to a dock and work like a computer? Probably not, but here's why Microsoft's all-in-one solution might be better



  • I remember it!! I remember thinking it was pretty fucking cool, too.



  • On one hand, it's pretty cool that you can take, say, Office with you and plug it in wherever you like.

    On the other, with how Windows' non-desktop ecosystem looks like now, it's probably going to turn out that except for Microsoft stuff, there simply won't be enough applications to really showcase the possibilities.



  • So, all 4 owners of Windows Phone will like it ? :trolleybus:



  • Except Android on anything bigger than a tablet (with keyboard and mouse proper) sucks syphillitic camel's balls.

    I'm firmly in Android camp, I haven't touched anything Windows with a barge pole for the last 7 years (maybe my next job will require that, oh well, I think I'll just bite the bullet), I try to avoid it when I can, and I still say: Android on desktop sucks.



  • I had an Atrix. I liked it a lot. I especially liked the fingerprint scanner that I used in lieu of the other unlock mechanisms (PIN, pattern, password, etc.)

    The problem was that it the hardware was unreliable - which appears to be a problem with all of Motorola's smartphones. (My 1st-gen Droid was also flaky). After about a year, the earpiece speaker failed so I could only make phone calls using the spearkerphone or a headset. And, of course, it died after the 1 year warranty period, and my corporate purchasing service wouldn't let me upgrade at a reasonable price until after 2 years.

    (To be fair, most brands are pretty flaky. My current Android phone - an LG Optimus, also had to be replaced due to hardware problems. At least this time, it happened within the first year, so it was replaced for free.)

    I never bothered trying to dock the Atrix with anything, though. The hardware accessories were insanely expensive and I could never figure out what advantage there would be to using a phone-dock instead of the laptop I've already got on my desk.


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    @David_C said:

    I especially liked the fingerprint scanner that I used in lieu of the other unlock mechanisms

    No, you're mistaken there. Apple invented fingerprint scanning a few years after that. It was magic and revolutionary.

    @David_C said:

    The problem was that it the hardware was unreliable - which appears to be a problem with all of Motorola's smartphones

    My Moto G had an interesting habit of rebooting itself regularly. It also got slow as mole asses after the 5.0 update. My Moto X Play is holding up OK so far



  • @wft said:

    Except Android on anything bigger than a tablet (with keyboard and mouse proper) sucks syphillitic camel's balls.

    When you connected the Atrix to the dock, it switched to a full X display. I think you got your Android display in a window on the desktop. I never owned one, so I don't know how good the implementation was, but the concept was pretty awesome.




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    It could still only run Android apps couldn't it? The main problem being that there wasn't even tablet support in Android at the time, so you basically got a fullscreen app designed for a 3" screen blown up to a full monitor size?



  • @Jaloopa said:

    It could still only run Android apps couldn't it? The main problem being that there wasn't even tablet support in Android at the time, so you basically got a fullscreen app designed for a 3" screen blown up to a full monitor size?

    If I remember correctly, it started up a full X server running on the Linux kernel.



  • Yes, but, does it run Linux? Oh wait:



  • No, no, it still won't be cool until Apple discovers it somewhere around 2020.


    Filed under: so far they've figured out how to have their tablets run two apps side by side, so they clearly have the cutting edge



  • @Maciejasjmj said:

    No, no, it still won't be cool until Apple discoversinvents it somewhere around 2020.


    Filed under: so far they've figured out how to have their tablets run two apps side by side, so they clearly have the cutting edge

    FTFY



  • Oh my, I'll wait until they implement tiled window management proper. Then claim they invented them, complete with full keyboard navigation and shit.

    And then i3/Awesome users be like, waddafuq?



  • As I shared in "Highs and Lows Part V: Continuum", it is an ideology governing how Microsoft is approaching the transient nature of modern computing. By way of a synergistic OS and hardware combination that can conform to a user's needs, Continuum is an ecosystem-wide platform solution that currently supports hybrid Windows devices and Windows 10 Mobile phones.

    This guy isn't a shill for Microsoft's marketing department at all.


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    @cartman82 said:

    This guy isn't a shill for Microsoft's marketing department at all.

    To be fair, he's probably making even their heads spin with that much BS marketingese in one place…


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