We’re really proud of the operating system we built inside your litl. Ironically, you won't see much of it. You'll be busy looking at your photos, channels and web sites. litl OS connects you to your content, then quietly takes care of everything else.
The first web OS Ever since computers were invented, engineers have built operating systems so humans could interact with machines. Every new machine from the Univac (the first computer) to PCs to cell phones has had an operating system designed specifically for that device—that’s also why the user interface for each OS is different. They were all developed independently of each other.
However, today we don’t want to interface with a machine as much as we want to interface with the web. Everything we want is on the web. Yet the most popular operating systems we use were developed decades ago to interact with machines.
The litl OS was designed from scratch to be for and of the web. We took a fundamentally different tack from all other operating systems to focus on the web—not your local hardware. You’ll notice right away that you don’t need to open a browser. That’s because one is built right in. You’ll notice that a search box has replaced all file management because today we don’t drag files around as much as we search for them. Gone are menus, folders, and icons. Instead, we show you your web content neatly.
litl users get an interface to the web, not the computer. And suddenly the computer is really easy to use. Everything will intuitively make sense. That’s because it was designed for what you do today—go on the web.
Content Ubiquity Operating systems we use today were designed for personal computers. They work super well as stand alone machines but don’t really communicate well with each other. Ever notice how hard it is to sync anything from PC to PC or PC to phone? That’s because the operating systems we use today were designed for individual machines not the web.
Your litl OS was built with the web in mind. And because the web can be used in many connected devices, we built it from the ground up to work with all connected devices such as computers and televisions.
Let’s say you have a litl at home, a litl in your weekend home, and a litl plugged into your TV. All three machines contain your content at the same time. syncing is fast and instantaneous. If you make a change on one machine, the others will update as well.
If one of your litls accidentally breaks—no problem. All of your information is already on the other machines or on a new machine that we send to you. If someone steals one of your litls, we can cut the thief off from your private data, and often track the thief if they try to use the web.
Content ubiquity means your stuff is everywhere. As an owner of a litl, all your content will be synced, backed up, and available to use on any litl you own without any work on your part.
Continuous ExperienceWe interact with different devices in different ways. With a laptop, we are typically very close to the screen and have substantial input devices handy such as a keyboard and a trackpad. We call this lean-forward mode. A typical PC operating system operates in this mode.
A TV, on the other hand, is lean-back mode. You might be on a couch far from the screen and, despite unbelievably complex remotes, have fewer inputs. Your cable box controls operate in this mode.
Notice how these two modes are very different. This is why PC operating systems don’t work on TVs and vice versa. Nobody spent time integrating both experiences because they didn’t have to. But along came the web. Suddenly, we want a web experience on the TV and the same experience on a computer. Very hard because these devices operate in different modes!
Your litl is the first device built with an operating system designed with a continuous experience between lean-forward and lean-back mode. Necessity is the mother of invention. Because the litl webbook is one of the few devices in the world with both modes (laptop mode and channel mode), we had to figure out a way to give the user a smooth way to interact with both.
We could describe how we rethought the interaction but it’s better to just try a litl. litl customers will find it quite intuitive to jump between content in lean-forward or lean-back mode. There is nothing the user has to do. It will just make sense because we designed it from the ground up to handle both situations.
One last key to a continuous experience. A web page contains data, whether it's words, pictures, or video. Data can be viewed in many ways. Right now, designers build web pages for browser viewing because that’s all we’re used to. But litl OS gives web designers the ability to project the same data in different ways, often with startling visual results. Look at what the Weather Channel did with litl OS—in laptop mode we get their standard web page, completely useful with lots of options. However, look at what they did in channel mode. You won’t read about the weather, you see and feel the weather!
Only litl customers get web pages that transform depending on interaction mode. It’s what modern operating systems need for content ubiquity and a continuous experience. Enjoy the views!
Now you understand why we’re so proud. Your litl is packed with a lot of fresh OS thinking. What we're shipping today is an awesome way to see photos, channels and surf the web. But we've built litl OS with the right principles for much more. We're looking for people who are excited about our vision to join us as advocates and follow what we're doing. Every day our cause advances as our software improves. What do you need to do to get the latest and greatest? Nothing of course, it’s a litl! We hope you enjoy using it as much as we’ve enjoy creating it for you.