Linux News Today: Ubuntu Touch's Web Browser to Improve the Google Hangouts Experience in OTA-11
The long-anticipated OTA-11 update for Ubuntu Phone and Ubuntu Tablet devices is just around the corner, and today we’ll have a quick look at what’s coming in the Web Browser app.
Today, May 30, 2016, Canonical’s technical lead in the product strategy division, apps team, Mr. Olivier Tilloy, has published details about some of the features included in the Web Browser app of the Ubuntu Touch mobile operating system, which will be added as part of the soon-to-be-released OTA-11 update.
Therefore, the updated Web Browser app has promised to improve the Google Hangouts experience for all form factors, including Canonical’s new Ubuntu Tablet, the BQ Aquaris M10 Ubuntu Edition, and it looks like the media permission request dialog has been redesigned to be more user-friendly.
Continuing, the Web Browser app will now visually identify the list of items that are being used for opening new pages in the Ubuntu Settings app with a progression symbol, it will also properly handle window-level keyboard shortcuts, and further polish the memory-pressure handler used for unloading tabs running in the background.
User-agent string updated with a dynamic Ubuntu version number
The bottom edge gesture recognition has been updated to use UITK’s SwipeArea component, thus allowing users to finally activate elements at the bottom of a web page. Lastly, for those who like some technical details, we can tell you that the Web Browser app now comes with an updated user-agent string, which uses a dynamic Ubuntu version number.
These and many other small improvements are coming to the Web Browser app as part of the Ubuntu Touch OTA-11 software update, which should be released this week, most probably in the next couple of days. As usual, we will keep you, guys, informed with up-to-date information about OTA-11 as soon as we know more, so stay tuned.