Launcher for Unity Next

Registered by kevin gunn

Launcher evolution for Unity Next

Acceptance criteria for 13.05
#1) user able to launch apps from a "locked" phone screen state
#2) user able to pin apps to launcher

Acceptance criteria for 13.06
#1) user sees recent apps reflected in launcher
#2) user can long press for reordering icons

Acceptance criteria for 13.07
#1) user short holds for quicklists

Acceptance criteria for 13.08
#1) tbd

Blueprint information

Needs approval
Unity Team
Series goal:
Accepted for saucy
Milestone target:
milestone icon ubuntu-13.10
Started by
kevin gunn
Completed by
kevin gunn

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April 3rd 2013: Saviq

We want the launcher to show running and favorite apps.
Fixing it properly would require rewriting it which means among other tasks the following:
1) use qtubuntu's Application class to parse desktop files. It requires adding Application::setDesktopFile, and, so that it works on the desktop, extracting Application and DesktopData classes so that it compiles without ubuntu_ui_*
2) implement a single model that aggregates main stage and side stage running apps, also displaying favorite apps

Apr18, 2013: kgunn
Design shared Launcher requirements
Few remaining visual specification items missing.


Work Items

Work items:
Work items for ubuntu-13.04-month-5: DONE
Drag launcher view up or down: DONE
Auto-hide launcher reveal: DONE

Work items for ubuntu-13.05:
[mzanetti] add edge hint for launcher: DONE
[mzanetti] add accordion effect to launcher, aka Icon Folding: DONE

Work items for ubuntu-13.06:
[mzanetti] Touch 'release mode' navigation, e.g. more icons listed than on screen, scrolling should continue (release mode cancelled, progressive scrolling still needed for drag'n'drop): DONE

Work items for ubuntu-13.07:
[mzanetti] non-pinned recent apps in Launcher: DONE
[aacid] Fix snapping bug in Qt ListView affecting Launcher implementation: DONE

Work items for ubuntu-13.08:
[mzanetti] Drag'n'drop for Launcher icons: DONE
[mzanetti] pinned apps in Launcher: DONE
[mzanetti] add quicklists to launcher items, short hold: DONE
[mzanetti] Re-order individual icon, long hold: DONE
[mzanetti] Re-order drop placement indication: DONE
[mzanetti] Progress emblem: DONE
[mzanetti] Count emblem: DONE
[mzanetti] Create Theme for unity8 to override theme for Quicklist Popover: DONE
[mterry] Sync launcher items over to AccountManager in order to display them on the greeter: DONE

Work items for ubuntu-13.09:
[mzanetti] Bring launcher together with app manager: DONE
[mzanetti] Store/load stuff in dconf: DONE
[mzanetti] Indication of focused app, white triangle to right side of icon: DONE

Dependency tree

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