In Pictures: Ubuntu Touch starts getting real

The latest beta of Canonical's Linux smartphone system shows the outlines of a possible winner

Search Ubuntu Touch has a facility to search the Web and the current app, but it's hidden. You have to swipe up on the app screen and hold for a second until you see the magnifying-glass icon. Tap it to open the screen at left, where a nonfunctional menu bar appears to provide undo and help functions, as well as access to the System Settings app. I haven't yet figured out the fourth control yet; it may be for screen sharing.

There's a search bar at the bottom with a microphone icon that should in the future invoke voice-based search à la Android or Apple's Siri. Tap the bar to enter your search term, and the screen at right appears. Swipe down to close the screen.

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