Tuesday, 28 February 2017

KDE Connect Indicator now allows you to send SMS from the desktop Ubuntu

Do you want to send SMS-messages directly from the desktop Ubuntu? Now you can do it.
Indicator KDE Connect, a convenient panel applet that allows you to interact with the Android-based phone of Ubuntu, has been updated, received experimental support for sending SMS-messages. Yes, you can now send messages through your phone directly from the desktop without the need to touch the phone.
KDE Connect ( "engine" that works as a bridge between the phone and computer) was a functional response to the SMS-messages in its release 1.0 in the last year, but this is the first time the indicator-kdeconnect (shell that allows you to use KDE Connect to Ubuntu and other desktop environments) opened its functionality to users.

Sending messages from the Ubuntu does not work exactly as when using applications on the Plasma desktop, where you can quickly "reply" to the received SMS-message to the desktop.
Instead, Unity, Cinnamon, Budgie and other similar desktop environments you will need to select "Send SMS" from KDE Connect display menu to manually enter the phone number and the actual message text.
SMS is still sent through your phone for Wi-Fi, so if you have no network coverage (or not enough funds to send a message), do not expect magic here!
One of the shortcomings is the possibility that you do not provide a report on whether the message was successfully sent. To find out, you need to take your phone to check.
As before, you can also see a notification of the receipt of SMS-messages on the desktop using KDE Connect. These alerts do not use native notify-OSD bubbles in Ubuntu and appear in their own window:
Although it sounds inelegant, such a decision can be explained by the fact that you can hardly miss the message because they require your response and will not disappear until you manually close the window.
Also in one of the latest releases of the indicator appeared monochrome icons in to GNOME, translation updates and improved the process of sending files.
Now you can send multiple files on your Android-device using the integrated tool kdeconnect-send. Trusted devices are displayed directly in Nautilus (or Caja / Nemo / other file manager), so you can send files directly on the device!

Personally, I have not tried this feature with a file manager other than Nautilus 3.20, so keep in mind that it may work slightly differently from you.
Other possible indicators:
  • View Android-notifications on your desktop
  • Displays the current battery level
  • Send and receive files from your phone to your PC
  • Using your phone as a touchpad and keyboard
  • The ability to turn the sound on your device to locate it
  • Media Player management computer to the phone
  • Synchronization exchange between phone and PC buffer
  • Viewing Device Information
  • Running commands and applications
  • Sending SMS

How to install KDE Connect Indicator light on Ubuntu

To get started you will need to add in PPA-repository, which is present in both the upstream-last release of KDE Connect, and the latest version of the applet, an indicator for Ubuntu 16.04 LTS. To do this, run the following command in your terminal:
sudo add-apt-repository ppa: varlesh-l / indicator-kdeconnect
If you are using Ubuntu 16.10, you can install both packages using PPA-repository above, but you need to run the following command before executing the command updates the package list and install:
sudo sed -i 's / yakkety / xenial / g' /etc/apt/sources.list.d/varlesh-l-ubuntu-indicator-kdeconnect-yakkety.list
Finally, install the KDE Connect indicator and its engine running the following command in the terminal:
sudo apt update && sudo apt install kdeconnect indicator-kdeconnect
After installation is complete, you may need to exit and re-entry into the system.

Configuring KDE Connect on your phone

Now you need to install the following application on your Android-phone or tablet from the Google Play store (link below) or F-Droid.
Make sure your mobile device is connected to the same Wi-Fi network as your computer for Ubuntu. Finally, connect your device as follows:
  • Run "indicator kdeconnect" from Dash
  • The indicator menu, select 'Request pairing' option
  • Take a request to link your phone
That's all. KDE Connect light after a few seconds to appear on the panel

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