The excitement around the Ubuntu SDK and application development is still going strong, both on the Ubuntu Touch Core Apps side and with independent developers. So strong, in fact, that it’s time for another round of updates and spotlights on the work being done.
Core Apps in the Touch Preview
Some big news on the Core Apps side is that they are now being reviewed for inclusion in the daily Ubuntu Touch Preview images being developed by Canonical for the Nexus family of devices, and by community porters to a growing number of others.
Now that all of the Core Apps are being regularly built and packaged in the Core Apps PPA, they can be easily installed on desktops or devices. And, after being reviewed by the team building the Ubuntu Touch Preview images, three of them have been selected to be part of the default installed application set. So please join me in congratulating the developers who work to them.
For the Calendar, Frank Mertens, Kunal Parmar and Mario Boikov have done a fantastic job implementing the unique design interactions that were defined by Canonical’s design team. For the Calculator, Dalius Dobravolskas, Riccardo Ferrazzo and Riccardo Padovani were able to quickly build something that is not only functional, but offers unique features that set it apart from other standard calculators. Finally, the Clock app, where Juha Ristolainen, Nick Leppänen Larsson, Nekhelesh Ramananthan and Alessandro Pozzi have put together a visually stunning, multi-faceted application that I just can’t get enough of.
New Independent App Development
In addition to the work happening on the Core Apps, there has been a continuous development by independent app developers on their own projects.
Load shedding (or rolling blackouts) are a way for electricity utilities to avoid being overloaded by energy demands at peak times. This an be an inconvenience, to say the least, especially if you don’t know it’s coming. Maybe that’s why developer razor created this LoadShedding schedule app.
Multi-Convert was originally an Android application, written in HTML5, that is now being ported to Ubuntu. Multi-Convert allows real-time conversion of weight, length, area, volume and temperature between different standard units.
I ran across not one, but two different apps for the remote control of home-theater-PCs, bringing the promise of your mobile phone as a “second screen” to Ubuntu Touch.
First is Joseph Mills (who also created a Weather app featured in the first of these roundups), with a remote control for MythTV:
And if you’re an XBMC user instead, not to worry, because Michael Zanetti has you covered with his remote control for XBMC:
If you use your mobile device for listening to podcasts, you’ll be pleased to find the nice and functional podcast manager CatchPodder, which lets you subscribe to multiple feeds as well as playing files directly from the server.
Keeping with the theme of listening to people talk on your Ubuntu device, we have an AudioBook manager and player that is being written with the Ubuntu SDK, which lets you load books, display cover images, and more.
If you’re a software developer, sysadmin or network engineer, there’s a good chance you’ve had to convert numbers between decimal, hexadecimal and binary. This makes Bits a very handy utility app to keep in your pocket.
From the same developer who created a Software Center front-end and Pivotal Tracker (both featured in previous posts) has a new project underway, an element browser that gives you loads of detailed information about everything on the periodic table.
Canonical engineering Manager Pat McGowan has gotten into the fun too, building an app for displaying web-based maps from a number of providers.
For Car2Go customers looking to rent or return a vehicle, GetMeWheels lets you easily find the nearest locations to you. Created by the same developer as the XBMC remote, this app was originally developed for Maemo/Meego, but is now being ported to the Ubuntu SDK.
A third app from the developer of GetMeWheels and XBMC Remote is PlayMee, a local music player that again was originally developed for Maemo/Meego, and is being ported to the Ubuntu SDK.
Tic-Tac-Toe is not a fancy game, but this one developed by Hairo Carela makes beautiful use of animation and colors, and even keeps a nice score history.
If games are you thing, you should also check out LightOff, a simple yet challenging game where the object is to turn off all of the lights, but clicking one toggles the state of every square around it.
That’s all for now, keep those apps coming and be sure to post them in the Ubuntu App Developers community on Google+