We’ve reached a time where mobile devices are beginning to take over for the desktop and laptop model. Within the next few years, we will likely see a growing trend with people connecting their mobile devices to larger multi-touch screens, smart TVs, monitors, and possibly projection devices (think augmented reality). Imagine a world where you can take your computer anywhere in your pocket. Not ready to give up the familiar pre-touch input methods? Problem solved. All you need is a Bluetooth mouse, a Bluetooth keyboard, a simple conversion cable for your mobile device to HDMI and you’re already there.
In my opinion, there is only one major problem holding back large scale adoption: the lack of effective landscape design. It is astonishing how many mobile apps do not currently support a landscape mode. Assuming the majority of us do not have our television set up on a pivot, it can make for a very awkward experience. Aside from this one measly limitation, what’s stopping us? As mobile devices become more powerful and next generation televisions adopt technology to connect to those devices wirelessly, we could be looking at a paradigm shift.
Some great examples of apps with an excellent landscape mode are TuneIn and Google’s Chrome web browser. I’ve found these apps really do make for a seamless experience, whether I’m on my way to work in my car pool or sitting at home on my couch surfing the Internet.