The Community KDE announced yesterday the launch of Plasma Active 4, adaptation of project technologies KDE for mobile devices Touch Interface as smartphones or tablets, but also smart TVs and the other lot of devices embedded.
Plasma Active 4 is a launch focused on improving the performance and stability general, besides seat the system base for their future leap to Qt 5, and Wayland. De fact, new features in this version can be count on the fingers of a hand, although if any Hayles, some even of openwork.
Without go further, what first to emphasize of Plasma Active 4 is the integration with ownCloud and the many improvements in the file manager , fundamental piece Gear that now is faster and scalable with large amounts of data, available better labeling and metadata defined by the user and also of a sleeker appearance.
For the rest, Plasma Active 4 includes improvements on the virtual keyboard , the premiere of Plasma Media Center 1.1, interface improvements installer user of complements, among other new features aimed at developers. “The emphasis is now in provide a solid foundation for third-party applications, additional contents and adaptations of devices. Plasma Active 4 adapts well to specific needs of customization, use cases and markets “, indicate in the official announcement.
Until here the novelties of Plasma Active 4. To who does not know much the project, remember that is based en Mer Core, a kind of metadistribution developed totally with free software, optimized for mobile devices and with roots Qt / QML and HTML5 . By the way, both in a site (Plasma Active) as in the other (Mer Project) are righteous of personnel and any collaboration is welcome .
As to concept in which Plasma Active focuses , can give the feeling sometimes of that this is an attempt of KDE by join the explosion mobile / current touch without more, so I find interesting close this article with the words of Thomas Pfeiffer, designer of team user experience Plasma Active:
With each iteration of Plasma Active, we are giving a step more in the way of returning from idea of a mobile device like a “pocket of apps” (the that dominates all operating systems current mobile) toward the original notion of mobile devices like “personal assistants digital”. In a device with Plasma Active, data and tasks of users are to front and center. Instead of many small disconnected applications that do not communicate between yes, everything form integral part the system. This type of integration is unique with free software, since the applications work together to the better user experience possible, rather to compete individually by user attention with the intention of capture the maximum market share.
A lack of a video with the new version running, here the video of sample that was published with the launch of Plasma Active 3 :
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