Necessary features of desktop mode

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    Here’s a list of the necessary features to get a desktop mode that can really replace computers :

    – Resizable windows
    – Keyboard shortcuts (ctrl+C, Alt+F4, Win+L …)
    – Resolution setup
    – File browser
    – Run linux applications natively
    – Run windows programs natively.
    – Share data/programs with the mobile interface
    – Switch automatically


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    I see that you want to run Linux and Windows programs in Desktop Mode.
    Maybe it’s a little bit too high as expectations no ?
    I mean, as long as you can access your datas, you don’t need those programs. A COMPLETE laptop replacement seems too much premature to me.

    Both worlds can coexist. You share your datas in the cloud and access them with one or the other platform. Smooth and easy. There’s plenty of apps today that can do that.

    In my opinion, the only “reachable” replacement now is with office use: text, mail, internet, etc. The high demanding tasks (3d design, music creation, video, etc) still needed dedicated computers (any OS).

    But, technically speaking, your list is right 😉


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    Yes you are right, the ‘office use’ replacement is already possible today. I’m using a honor view 20 on Keydock now, and it works very well. The real only problem is accessibility to windows applications that I have to use in my work.

    What I meant by running linux/windows programs was to setup some kind of built-in emulator like Exagear/wine in order to be able to emulate windows programs that are not much power intensive.

    About power, I guess smartphones indeed don’t have powerfull GPU. But yet when you see some Android games, you wonder how well FreeCad or other CAD software would run. If emulated probably not so well, but if built for Android?


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    Ok, i see your point. And i totally agree 🙂
    I Was looking for a laptop replacement but i needed some video encoding and it was not possible with a phone…

    One solution, maybe, will be to use a remote pc like Shadow ? I don’t know what it can do with a Solidworks but as long as you can play some games…


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    Yes, and with their new price at 15€/month it has become much more accessible. I made a video showing a bit of shadow on desktop mode :

    Video is in french but it’s quite self explanatory.


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    Yeah, I also think that remote PC is the future. Why bother trying to recreate everything in one small device, if you can just connect to anything you want?


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    I agree with you. The thing is that most people already have computers, so it seem that they are reluctant to change their situation. So it may take a while for it to happen.


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    Trouver un partenariat avec Shadow ?

    Le rêve, avoir un smartphone docker avec connectivité pour clavier souris, double écran 🙂

    On lance Shadow et boom un vrai Pc 🙂


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    Je suis tout à fait d’accord! Idéalement encore mieux serait de pouvoir faire tourner toutes les applications nativement sur Android, mais en attendant Shadow est en effet une super solution!

    • This reply was modified 1 month, 3 weeks ago by  Pierre.

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    Hey, technologie is evolving and when you see laptop thiner like a note book i begin to beleve in your idea.

    Maybe you Can imagine an accesory which Can improuve the laptop mode and being transportable in a pocket

    If it Can replace my laptop when this last One will leave me…

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