Hey guys, I just need a little help
I'm looking for mine, do you know which one it is?
Personally I'm not a big fan of the idea, to me it seems far to android-y.
I like Ubuntu touch because it's Ubuntu touch, and I like it's personality.
I don't mind some ideas, but I do much prefer the style of homepage that I've seen before.
I'll try and find it, but it looked a bit like the today scope, except only had the weather and some apps.
Personally, I think the homescreen would be nice if it you could edit a bit more, if you could have your weather, your row of apps, your row of music or friends or what ever you want, but I think it needs to keep the unique feel, I think if it wants to, it can be a bit more KDE or gnome inspired.
There's a Android launcher which basically adds the windows 10 start button to your phone, I don't mind it, as it feels decent to me, but it's just windows 10 styled, I think we would be better imitating that, as it seems more like our kind of feeling than Android default.
Another problem I see, is that you swipe from the left to get your launcher, then you pull it all the way to get home, then you pull down from the bottom to access all apps.
The app draw means, you pull it from left to right slightly, you have your pinned apps, you pull it more and you have all your apps.
It's quicker and more responsive, it might not be editable at the moment, but my opinion is that, you've got the coding skills, I bet you could make the app draw look and feel amazing and add new ability's to it, and make it keep it in the feeling and style of Ubuntu touch.
That's just my opinion on the matter.
What we have:
Theres a beta app called axolotl, which allows conversations over the signal protocal
Dekko does have multi-account support
we have the feature, IDK how well it works, depends on device I guess, but wont be as accurate as Google.
We have multiple apps for Nextcloud, we have a news app, notes app, calendar, and some others, however we have no full sync option, you cant for example sync your music folder to your nextcloud account.
We have a separate app for ad blocking, this means every ad in every app will be blocked however, it doesn't allow you to pick and choose which apps or websites get a free pass.
What doesnt work.
Theres also the option of anbox, but thats more of a future plan for android apps on Ubuntu Touch.
For device specifics, I couldn't tell you how well any of them work, I only have a OPO and OP3 running Ubuntu Touch.
Now that we have arm64 builds in the ubports installer, it's a lot easier for people to install and test arm64 applications.
If anyone has any apps they'd like to be tested on arm64 please reply here with a file/link to a file.
This may also be a good place to talk about hurdles compiling apps for arm64.
The pinephone is very exciting in deed! I can't wait to actually try it out, its cheep enough for most people that they can grab one without worrying to much about their bottom line, as well which is great!
The OP3 port is looking amazing, cant wait to see it in the official installer, for anyone with a OP3 to easily install.
I think the OP5 is gonna be worked on after that, but I'm not sure since it's Vince's main device atm, and I believe that Treble is still an issue.
I'm a big fan of the OnePlus devices personally, and the more OnePlus devices with an ubuntu port, the better, I hope that Halium gets support for newer versions of android, so we can get a convergence OnePlus device with MHL out, but thats a distant future it seems.
@makeixo If you can get devs together to do that then sure, but the people porting these devices are volunteers, they're using phones they bought themselves, and phones they want to see Ubuntu Touch on.
People have busy lives, it only takes a new relationship, a change in job, or a new family member, for volunteering to become something they cant do, or have to strip back a lot.
Then there's also the fact that if we all came to a decision on what phone we should port to (Which is unlikely, because everyone has a different favorite device), then the volunteers would have to go out of there way to purchase said device, which may not be viable for many people.
Even with that considered, the community will also want a say, and people might want Ubuntu Touch to be ported to the OnePlus 7 Pro, or the Samsung galaxy 10 note, both which cant be ported to yet, because Halium doesn't support android 8/9 (not sure about android 7), but they might want Ubuntu touch ported to those devices, because they're high end, top of the line, phones, which ubuntu touch will fly on, and will be great convergence devices.
However, the community might also say that they want Ubuntu Touch ported to a wileyfox phone, or a cheaper huawei because the cheaper a device is, the easier it is for someone to purchase said devices.
Everyone is different, and everyone prefers different devices, for different reasons, and sometimes things will get started, and not finished, and thats just life, especially when you're dealing with volunteers.
But people usually use the back camera more...
On a Tablet?
I don't think most people go around taking photos with there tablets, I think people want better front cameras, because on a tablet you're more likely to use it, when you're video calling family or friends, you know.
In order to move forward, I'd say a good way to improve the user experience would be to add a customization feature to the circle indicator (sorry I don't remember it's proper name).
I dont think thats the best way to do things, to my understanding the circle will only be viewable in future, if you dont have any notifications on your welcome screen, i think maybe adding calender events that are happening today in the circle would be fine, but the original idea from canonical was to have events show up in a notification bubble on the welcome screen.
@danfro It was made around the same time as the music icon, etc, if I remember correctly, but it was never added to any publicly downloadable version of the OS, I think you might have had to download it in a qa-testing patch?
I dont know all I know is that it was in loads of screenshots back in the canonical days, but was never added to the OS.
@cliffcoggin Icons are to an app what a cover is to a book. So I do believe, a bad icon can significantly reduce an apps appeal and usage numbers. And they are good fun.
But certainly there are more important things in life.
Just installed LibreOffice 7.0.0 at work today and read the release notes. They do put a lot of effort in icon design! There must be something to it.
I disagree with your analogy. Nobody with any sense buys a book based on the cover design, any more than they would download an application based on its icon design.
If an app has a bad icon I am much less likely to install it, and if I do install it, it is an app I'm more likely to uninstall when I get the chance, I don't like things uglying up my system.
Personally I like how it is and if we stick with that icon I would like it to keep the ribbon, however, what ever happened to using this icon?
I think both icons are fine but I think this icon meshes a lot better with the icon styles of the messaging, phone and music app, than the current edition, but if we keep with the current icon, I'd prefer it if we kept the splash of red, I think it'd look boring and less eye catching without it.
I dont fully ageew with everyones assesment of browser icons.
Many just have a globe and something wrapped around it, such as firefox, sure.
However, internet explorer is just a yellow stripe around a e, the new one is just like a wave of water with a bit of green, chrome is 3 colours around a blue dot, safari is a compass, opera is just a O, brave is just a lion.
For some reason, we all have this idea that a web-browser is something around a globe, but other than firefox, none of the big players use that.
I dont think anyone looks at safari or brave and thinks instinctually “thats a web browser” but every apple user has figured it out.
I think being different is fine because everyones different, and there isnt a standard, if yiu randomly picked up an iPhone, or an android device, and never saw the safari or chrome icon before, youd have no idea which app is suppose to be the web browser.
@Flohack the welcome screen has to be broken to implement notifications on the lock screen anyways, so why not implement it as an optional “always on” notification and kill 2 stones in one?
This isn't a Fluffychat thing, this is something that is in the OS, if you double tap it, you'll find a message about how many texts you've sent or songs you've listened to.
however you can easily disable it by going to settings, than security & Privacy, than flicking the switch of "Stats on welcome screen" than the whole circle is gone.
The petals are based on the info inside the message, perhaps if could be changed so that you still get the circle with the date dots, but if you want the date dots, petals and circle, than you need to keep the stats on the welcome screen.
Theres also a bridge for signal but you have to put it up yourself.
So if you're skilled enough you could either help improve axolotl, or set up a signal puppet, if you're not to tech savy, axolotl still works its just missing features, so its not really ready for primetime as of yet.