Over a week ago, we announced the Ubuntu Scope Showdown: a competition to write a scope for Ubuntu on phones in 5 weeks and win exciting prizes.
Scopes are Ubuntu’s innovative take at revolutionizing the content and services experience. For users, they provide quick and intuitive access to content without the need of loading an app. For developers and operators, scopes provide an easy path to surface their content and customize the UX in a way that is very flexible and integrated.
After the initial contest kickoff, we’ve already had a number of participants blogging, sharing updates and teasers about their work. Here’s a peek at some of their progress.
A variety of scopes
In the words of Robert Schroll, of Beru fame, e-mail apps are just passé. So much that he decided to explore an interesting concept: reading your e-mail with a scope. With a nice extra touch: Ubuntu Online accounts integration.
You don’t know where to eat tonight? No worries, Sam Segers has you covered. Check out his Google places scope to easily find somewhere new to go.
Riccardo Padovani is bringing the dark horse -or well, duck?- of search engines into Ubuntu. Armed with the DuckDuckGo scope, get results like a pro with “real privacy, smarter search and less clutter”.
A wishlist of scopes
- 8tracks scope: I love music, and I love mixes. 8tracks is a music streaming service to listen to the mixes their community members create and to get creative submitting mixes. As an avid mixer and listener, I’d be using this all of the time, especially if it came with Online Accounts integration that showed me content relevant to my interests.
- Ask Ubuntu scope: the biggest Ubuntu Q&A site. I regularly check the ‘application-development‘ tag there to see any new questions and if I can help a fellow Ubuntu developer (and you should too). It’d be absolutely awesome to get those updates easily on my phone screen, with settings to filter on tags and the ability to upvote/downvote questions and answers.
Not sure what to write a scope for yet? Well, check out the ideas over at the Showdown reddit, or let your imagination run wild with a comprehensive list of APIs to get more inspiration!
A prize for your scopes
It’s not too late to enter the Showdown, you too can write a scope and win prizes! Here are some tips to get started:
- Get familiar with the contest rules
- Get started with the scopes tutorials
- Watch the Scopes Workshops
- Stay tuned for more workshops at the Ubuntu Online Summit
- Ask your questions and get help on scopes development on Ask Ubuntu, G+, Reddit, IRC, or the Ubuntu phone mailing list
Looking forward to seeing the next batch of scopes participants come up with!