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Ubuntu Touch's Webbrowser App landed in Ubuntu 13.10 (via Ubuntu Software Center)
Presently, the developers are targeting and working on Ubuntu's converged experience, namely, the pure Ubuntu operating system that is to power phones, tablets, TVs, desktops with an overall modern, innovative and good-looking attitude.
Weeks ago, the developers announced that, in Ubuntu 13.10, Unity 8 (the in-progress converged experience,--rooted into a demo-like approach--) is to be available on the desktop, too, in order to allow users to grasp its look, behavior and interface directly from the desktop.
Webbrowser App is Ubuntu Touch's default web-browser, application that has just landed in universe (being available via Saucy's Ubuntu Software Center).
A definitely interesting aspect of Webbrowser App is its desktop behavior, meaning, the browser looks, behaves and acts like a regular native desktop application: the user is able to launch it via the Dash, minimize it to the Unity launcher, scroll through web content, resize its window (fullscreen mode supported), etc.
The look is impressive, elegant and optimized; launching the app, exposes a main view where content is to be digested, while the addressbar is located on the bottom of the screen, basically, content is centered and emphasized.
Eyecandy is an attribute instantly observed on Webbrowser App, the addressbar is rendered with minimalist-yet-fancy elements, monochrome icons, page-loading progressbar.
Moreover, Webbrowser App features relevant page-maneuvering capabilities, in the sense of providing a definitely interesting manner of dealing with multiple web-pages: hitting the bottom-bar's
Tabs button, summons the
Clicking on the
+ button, allows the user to easily open a new web-page, hitting again the
Tabs button, summons the
Activity view where the latest-focused web-page is highlighted with an orange-to-purple color.
Care for detail and truly enjoyable elements are part of Webbrowser App, clicking on its addressbar, both highlights the typed-into-addressbar text (thus making it editable) and summons a history menu, latter exposing recently/frequently visited web-pages (clicking on a web-page, opens it).
The mentioned features, along with handy support (like for example, ability to play YouTube clips), double-sided scroll (click&hold&drag and via the mouse wheel), on-demand zoom (double-clicking on a point, zooms in that portion of the page), solid desktop integration (including the visited web-page's title/name/description exposed on the window's titlebar/Unity panel), come to deliver an enjoyable and usable web-browsing experience.
- Web Browser App received thumbnail support for Activity
- Web Browser App received exciting initial timeline view
- Web Browser App received HUD support
- Web Browser App gained minor-yet-handy show/hide buttons functionality
- Ubuntu Touch's Gallery App and Media Player App landed in Ubuntu 13.10's Ubuntu Software Center