OpenStore Improvements 5/15

Published May 15, 2017 in The Voyage of a Software Developer by Brian Douglass
Filed under Openstore, Releases

There has been a lot of drive behind the OpenStore development lately. Between the bid OpenStore web and app updates last week things have been really moving. New in this latest release is the ability to edit your app’s name. Before the app name was pulled from the app’s manifest.json. This proved problematic because several apps want their app’s name displayed differently than what it is in the manifest. So I’ve setup the needed parts to allow editing the name without uploading a new package. In addition to editing the name I’ve added a new field in the app management portion of the site: keywords. The new keywords help with the also new search functionality! Unfortunately this search functionality is basic compared to the likes of uApp Explorer’s search, but it is a start. In addition to the new changes we’ve fixed some bugs and refreshed our icon (thanks to Michał!).

In non-development news, we’ve spoken to many app developers who have the top apps in the official app store. And now we have most of the top 10 apps in the OpenStore. Other than just the top apps, we’ve grow by 4 times the number of apps that we started started with. This is a really exciting time for Ubuntu Touch and the OpenStore!