Web App Integration to be included in Ubuntu 12.10
There is more development updates for the upcoming Ubuntu 12.10 (Quantal Quetzal). Ubuntu 12.10 will now feature web apps integration with the Unity desktop, that will make full use of the Dash, Launcher, HUD, Sound Menu, and much more.
This web app integration currently works with over 30 sites including GMail, Yahoo! Mail, Facebook, Twitter, Google+, YouTube, Google Docs, Last.fm, Reddit, and much more!
This integration allows users to search their Google Docs by using the Dash, view Facebook and Twitter notifications in the Messaging Menu, Get news alerts in the notification bubbles, pin their favourite apps to the Launcher, and use the HUD to complete actions/tasks on those websites. Here’s a video that boast the full functionality of this feature:
How it works?
Currently this feature only works on Mozilla Firefox and Chromium. When a user opens a website that has integration with Unity, users will be asked if they want to integrate it with their desktops. By clicking ‘Yes’, they get access to all the features of the integration such as access it via the Dash, pinning it to the Launcher, using the HUD to initiate commands, and integration with the Menus.
What websites currently support it?
Here’s a list of the 30+ websites that currently support this feature:
- Yahoo! Mail
- Yandex Mail
- Windows Live Mail
- QQ Mail
- Mail RU
- BBC News
- CNN News
- Yahoo! News
- Google News
- Yandex News
- Google Reader
- Cut The Rope
- Angry Birds Chrome
- Google Docs
- Google Calendar
- Hulu Player
- Yandex Music
How to Install it in Ubuntu 12.04 & Ubuntu 12.10
This Web App Feature is currently available via PPA. To install just type the code below in the Terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa:webapps/preview
sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get install unity-webapps-preview
For Ubuntu 12.04 users, it is currently only available through PPA as no plans have been announced to make it an official feature of 12.04. As for Ubuntu 12.10, you can wait for the feature to land officially if you don’t want to install it via PPA.
This feature may be buggy and not work properly as for now. I had my personal experiences with it where some functions were not working the way I wanted it too. But still do give it a try.