Frank B wrote:There are two billion active android devices out there and one billion iOS devices. Windows desktop is going the way of windows phone. It can't compete on cost with a cheap tablet for basic user needs. EG facebook, ebay etc etc. I give it five years to drop off the face of the earth. There's a good reason Intel want out and Microsoft are going all in on cloud services. A good tablet port of Hatari is far more interesting than windows. At least for me
No wonder that there is so much android device around. Myself have 2. But using them actively for some emulator like Hatari, or even for some serious WEB browsing ? That happens not in my case. Just not good for it. I got phablet just because my mobile was very old, so lets get something with SCREEN, instead that, good only to print some txt and check roughly what you photoing. 7 inch tablet fits in my pocket, was good to look some PDFs at work and like. But it is not quality device, phone part was weak, screen was not that good ... I seen 5 inch smartphone with then latest android, very good screen - more res than on that bigger one, good contrast, and good price. It works well, except that I needed to solve problem with more and more incoming ads, malware and other crap. I even have thread about it on this forum. The solution against was actually simple: NoRoot Firewall. Indeed, the good price was partially because build in support in their mod of Android for pushing ads, and that was programmed in way that did not bother in first couple months, and then more and more - until point that phone became unusable practically. So, those are my experiences with Android devices. Basically, I use them mostly as phone, little for looking some dedicated channels about sport - special smartphone channels, making photos and like. Very little Internet access. No gaming, no emulators, only tried some.
I agree that M$ makes bad decisions, changes in bad direction. That smartphone look is just terrible on bigger monitor and looks cheap. Almost as some graphic from 1987 I'm who wants that some more competent company dominate desktop OS market. But I don't expect that they will fall. At least not in next 10 years.
Good tablet port of Hatari ? We have so far one, as I know - Hataroid. It is pretty much well done. Considering bad input on devices. I mean bad input for that purpose. Did not check is recently updated, but something is not clear for me - why tapping on screen, where is some drive icon for instance not simulates left click - instead there is LB in edge to tap. That spoiles fun of emulation significantly.
Basic user needs ? That varies a lot. We must be aware, that retro computing and emulation is not so spread. And Atari retro is smart part of it.