The Ubuntu Touch Internet Browser Has Been Redesigned

What’s new:

Hello Linux Geeksters. As you may know, Canonical is developing its own browser to be used by default on Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of the open-source operating system.

The Ubuntu developers have worked a lot lately at Ubuntu Touch and related, due to the fact that they hope to make the first Ubuntu Touch powered available this Autumn.

Lately, after the updates brought to Unity 8 and Mir, Canonical has also redesigned Webbrowser App, and it looks quite awesome.

The Ubuntu Touch Internet Browser Has Been Redesigned

Webbrowser App is available via the default repositories of Ubuntu 14.04, so you can easily install and test it:

$ sudo apt-get update
$ sudo apt-get install webbrowser-app

However, I don’t think the version from the default repositories is the latest one, because the browser is not identical with the one in the screenshot.

The story so far:

Canonical has been working a lot at Ubuntu Touch, the mobile version of Ubuntu. While the initial plan was to make it available for all the Google Nexus smartphones and tablets, the developers have dropped the support for Galaxy Nexus, Google Nexus 7 2012 and Google Nexus 10, Ubuntu Touch, now based on Ubuntu 14.10, being officially available only for the Google Nexus 4 smartphone and the Google Nexus 7 2013 tablet. (Nexus 5 is not yet support by Ubuntu Touch.) The first Ubuntu Touch powered phones are scheduled to be released this year, in Europe by BQ and on the Chinese market by Meizu, one Asia’s leading smartphone manufacturers.

Due to the fact that Ubuntu Touch is not yet stable enough to be used on mobile devices, the Canonical developers are planning to release a RTM (release-to-manufacturer) branch, where they will be focused on bug-fixes and stability improvements, and not the implementation of new features.

Also worth mentioning, Mark’s Shuttleworth big dream is to reach full desktop-mobile convergence somewhere between the releases of Ubuntu 14.10 and Ubuntu 15.04 (between October 2014 and April 2015).

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