The Ubuntu Touch ‘welcome screen’ design has become synonymous with Canonical’s mobile efforts – and it’s easy to see why.
Its design is both striking and informative; passive tidbits of information, like how many photos you’ve taken in the last 24 hours or how many missed calls your have, are displayed within an animated, evolving band of circles.
The info graphic should arrive on the desktop alongside Unity 8 in October 2014. But while we wait, there is an interim solution.
UpClock for Ubuntu Desktop
UpClock is an open-source desktop clock widget ‘inspired’ by the welcome screen of Ubuntu Touch. It doesn’t offer all the features found in the mobile version, so don’t expect to see any ‘stats’ on unread messages, or photos taken, etc.
But it does faithfully match the overall design and, like its source, sees the aura surrounding the circle ‘evolve’ in colour and size during the course of the day.
- Colouring can be configured
- Option of 12 hour or 24 hour clock
- Animated effects
While I don’t foresee UpClock topping anyone’s “must-have” app list anytime soon, fans of superfluous desktop bling put off by the complexity of tools like Conky should certainly check it out.
UpClock is a free app, available for Ubuntu 12.04 through 13.10 direct from the Ubuntu Software Centre.