The popular Linux desktop, GNOME alongside KDE Plasma is pivoting to a beautiful and mobile-friendly shell for smooth and better performance on mobile devices.
While officially known as Phosh, GNOME is working on Mobile Shell as a major leap forward with how the GNOME UI experience might function on a larger screen, and the following concept images were recently shared by Tobias Bernard, a GNOME designer on GNOME Design Gitlab.
After a year since the first official GNOME apps received convergent UI with Purism's libhandy, the popular Linux desktop appears to be gearing up for the next level - a fully convergent desktop environment - through the redesigning of the Shell to become more modern, mobile-friendly, and scalable.
The New GNOME Mobile Shell Concepts
The new UI mockups, which can be seen below, are quite interesting, as they resembles something of a convergence of the familiar GNOME Shell and Phosh, the touch-orientated mobile face of GNOME Shell.
Interestingly, these new designs are quite in contrast to the old GNOME Shell, as it look more promising and mobile focused than ever before. It points to the emergence of GNOME on mobile and tablets, which is surely interesting to see how Linux desktop makers will respond to building a touch-centric UI future.
And furthermore, the displayed tiling concept design with no floating windows apps is quite fascinating. As each application opens in a full screen, filling the entire space. Also, it allows you to group them in the same workspace in a tiled layout with the option to re-size.
The open-source Linux smartphone, PinePhone has also been announced by Manjaro ARM project, as well as the upcoming ‘PineTab’ tablet, all pointing to the inroad of Linux desktops to mobile, with the fourth ALPHA release for PinePhone and Pine64 haven already started shipping of the pre-order units of PinePhone Braveheart Edition as at Jan 17, 2020.