GNOME applications are to receive major updates probably in GNOME 3.4.
GNOME 3.2 introduced GNOME Documents and GNOME Contacts, places that globally incorporates in a fancy interface one's documents and contacts.
The new designs are quite interesting and, it seems that take Nautilus' power and act like a specialized place for displaying, managing and editing only particular "stuff" (Mus8ic only music files, Photos only images, etc).
What is new in the GNOME design?
- Music displays, organizes and plays your music filtered by Artists, Albums, Song
- GNOME Dictionary a simple interface with link support (clicking on a link, which is a response to your entered word creates a bar with history) and pronunciation
- GNOME Credentials usable for numerous types of authentication (Flickr, GMail, etc)
- Oops is a beautifully designed app for managing technical reports, such as various crashes
- improved Network Panel adding extra useful info
The whole list with the upcoming GNOME changes can be checked here