There is no plan for touch based devices.
Not only it would imply a huge amount of work, but there is also the problem, that enough people consider the haiku ui “perfect”. I remember when stippi was proposing a new and more functional deskbar , and people where like screaming: no don’t touch it, it’s already perfect. etc
What some people don’t understand is that touch-screen doesn’t need to be used all the time as a touchscreen, just when you needed it, and use a mouse when a mouse feels better. That’s why there is in fact no reason to be against touch-screens.
That a new UI can’t be done before R1 is somehow clear, but I have the impression that also after R1 it’s nearly impossible. And one of reasons is that also the willingness is missing, and that some people are stuck in the 90’s when it comes to UI.
One observation is that the hardware seems to start to become all the time smaller and thinner, and I guess this trend will continue as long as possible.
One day you might ask you, why to carry around, or have in the house a quite big device, if you can have a small glasses that can be used as the display.
And why not let the phone be a computer too (e.g. ubuntu touch) , and use it as a phone, but when needed you connected it to glasses, or you connect it to a beamer (projector).
For most people the power of a smartphone would be enough to be also used as a “regular computer”. The others who more power, can buy a computer with more power but without screen (like the apple mini) , and connect this one to the glasses or beamer too or any other display. [And yes, if you need to you connect bluetooth keyboard and mouse too].
The point is: when you are mobile, in most cases you don’t need the power of a high-end-desktop-pc. And if it happens that you need a lot of power (like 3D CAD applications etc) then you often are not “mobile”, you are mostly at home or at your office.
That means, I guess, that the desktop will still be available for longer time, but the laptop has changes to be transformed over time to something more “invisible” (like a phone+glasses).
For all this changes haiku will not be prepared, because at takes many years, and for big changes you have to start preparing early. Ubuntu is already now preparing with Ubuntu Touch , for the time when the tablet, phone, pc will be (or might be) the same.
I think a UI of the future would be one that is adaptable. Adaptable to the screen sizes, but also adaptable to the location, perhaps even the mood of the user [working/productive mood, party mood] (yes, kde activities are something similar)… etc…
Don’t get me wrong, I’m not asking all this from the Haiku devs, by far not. I just say, how I guess that the computer/os of the future will be (or seems to become) (or partially is already).
I also don’t like at all the people popping up with all kind of ideas, but are not willing to invest own efforts in making it possible.
Also “google now” makes sense to me.
Perhaps what haiku would need, is a completely new and unique feature, something remarkable. This could bring new users and developers. But yes, nobody has time, at also no ideas. But perhaps it could be one idea, to make something like a contest, and let people come up with various ideas, that don’t exist yet.