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Ubuntu Touch System Apps Have A Ways To Improve

Ubuntu

Published on 21 November 2013 12:34 PM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Ubuntu
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While Ubuntu developers are working to bring Ubuntu Touch Apps to the Ubuntu desktop as part of their mobile convergence strategy, the Ubuntu Touch System Apps have quite a ways to improve in being comparable to the existing Ubuntu desktop applications or the core apps found on iOS and Android.

For those that haven't tried Ubuntu Touch in a while -- including myself, I dumped it from my Nexus devices a while back -- the vUDS session notes covering the "14.04 Roadmap for System Apps" comes as a bit of a shock. Features like video playback in the Ubuntu Touch web-browser still have yet to be developed.

Among the browser work they have planned for the Ubuntu 14.04 cycle include download/upload support that's integrated with the content hub, streaming and HTML5 video playback, browser support for the WebRTC protocol, reworked tabs and other design improvements.

For those looking towards Ubuntu Touch on phones, the telephony back-end still needs call hold/wait support, call merging, multi-recipient SMS messaging, in-call volume adjustments, support for non-numeric SMS/calls, MMS, and USSD support. The dialer also needs emergency calling, in-call features, auto-formatting of phone numbers, visual changes, and reporting of the call duration.

When it comes to managing contacts on Ubuntu Touch, still to be developed is import/export support, the ability to search contacts, improved fast scrolling, and lower memory usage.

The media gallery also needs to standardize on a thumbnailer, performance improvements, video playback improvements, desktop mode improvements. The camera and media player app also needs to re-enable video recording using GStreamer, bug-fixing, and performance improvements.

Other general work still to be accomplished for the Ubuntu Touch System Apps include support for saving and resoring application states, improved testing, support for application settings, running in greeter mode, design changes for the bottom edge magic, selective touch apps on the desktop, tablet mode / side-stage support, and increasing the HUD usage.

More details can be found from the video session that happened today from the virtual Ubuntu Developer Summit.


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