Canonical Aims To Port Ubuntu Touch Apps To The Ubuntu Desktop Versions

Hello Linux Geeksters. Canonical intends to make the Ubuntu Touch apps available also for the Ubuntu desktop. This is quite logic, since Mark Shuttleworth’s biggest dream is to reach a mobile-desktop convergence, the Ubuntu desktop apps should work on Ubuntu Touch and vice versa.

Canonical Aims To Port Ubuntu Touch Apps To The Ubuntu Desktop Versions

For Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr, the Ubuntu developers aim to fix the the touchscreen vs keyboard/mouse input issues, add a full screen mode, create an coexisting environment for both deb and click packages, and add support for both toolbars and scrollbars.

Among others, the Ubuntu developer want to port the following Ubuntu Touch apps to the Ubuntu desktop systems: camera app, photo gallery app, media player app, web browser app, notes app and OSK.

Also, the Ubuntu developers intend to add improvements to Ubuntu Touch’s e browser app, for the Ubuntu 14.04 Trusty Tahr cycle. Worth mentioning are the following: download/upload support integrated with the content hub, HTML5 streaming and video playback capabilities, support for the WebRTC protocol and design improvements.

As a reminder, Ubuntu Touch is officially supported only on the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, despite the fact that it has been experimenally ported on OPPO Find 5, Pantech Vega Iron, Xperia Tablet Z and many other phones/tablets. The first stable version of Ubuntu Touch, based on Ubuntu 13.10, has been officially optimized to work on LG Nexus 4, but it is not mature enough to compete with Android yet. After the latest Mir update, Ubuntu Touch can be successfully installed on all the existing Google Nexus devices: LG Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10, except Nexus 5.

Unfortunatelly, Ubuntu Touch fails at providing basic telephone functions, like:  call waiting, multi-recipient SMS messaging, in-call volume adjustments, emergency calling support, call duration reporting, MMS support, import/export contacts options, and a few others.

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