GSConnect, The Gnome extension that integrates Android devices with your Gnome desktop was recently updated to version 15, which includes the rewritten Gnome Shell UI, a new feature that allows keyboard events to be sent from the Gnome desktop to Android devices, and other improvements . The update is currently awaiting approval to be pushed to the Gnome Shell Extensions website. Update: GSConnect v15 is now available Gnome Shell extension website.GSConnect v15 includes a rewritten Gnome Shell user interface to “better conform to design guidelines.” By default (when
Display Mode set as
User Menu In GSConnect settings), the extension no longer uses icons to perform operations such as sending files, finding devices, etc., but using the regular menu. The latest v15 version also comes with a new feature that allows keyboard events to be sent from the desktop to the Android device.
This feature requires reindeer (
gir1.2-caribou-1.0 Debian / Ubuntu packages; see all optional dependencies Here) (For special characters), and for
Keyboard Items in
Keyboard Shortcuts GSConnect option, and then use this key to start a dialog box where you can type your phone from the desktop:It is important to note that to use this feature, you need to activate the KDE Conect remote keyboard in the Android phone settings, then switch to the KDE Conect remote keyboard when selecting the text input field, and finally start typing on the desktop, In the “Keyboard” window.
If you do not enable the KDE Conect remote keyboard on your Android device, or enable it in the current input field, you will see a “Keyboard not ready” banner in the “Keyboard” window on your desktop:
Other improvements and bug fixes of GSConnect v15 include:
- Most windows should save their size / position
- Respect the window placement of desktop settings
- Fix old SMS receiving
- Fix visibility of plugin settings when enabling / disabling plugins
- Fix local battery status switch is not available
- Fix the extension of freezing desktop in some cases
- Improvements to PackageKit support, especially Fedora
The release notes also mention that there is a bug in Fedora 29 packaging that affects some Nautilus users, which may be triggered by GSConnect (although not caused by it). See This one For more information.
Update: GSConnect v15 is now available at Gnome Shell extension website, So you can easily install it from there.
After installing the extension (or updating from an older version), log out and then log in to restart the session (use
Alt + F2And then enter
r In my case, it is not enough to update from v13 to v15).
You may also need to install some Optional dependencies. Without these, some GSConnect features will not be available.