After six months of hard work the GNOME Project announced today the release of GNOME version 3.26. The new release offers a lot of improvements and new features. In total, the new GNOME 3.26 update incorporates 24105 changes.
GNOME 3.26 introduces a new layout to the Settings application. The previous grid of icons is gone and, in its place, a sidebar allows switching between different areas. The new sidebar makes it much easier and quicker to navigate the settings application and places the most commonly used settings within easy reach. It also means that the Settings window is now bigger and can be resized, which is more comfortable in a lot of situations.
Color emoji are now supported throughout GNOME and will be visible wherever they appear. GNOME 3.26 also includes ways to insert emoji into chats, messages and documents. This includes the Characters application, which now allows you to browse and search for emoji and to copy them into messages and documents. Polari, the GNOME IRC client, has a dedicated emoji picker and a similar tool is being made available for other applications to use.
System search has been improved for GNOME 3.26. Results have an updated layout which makes them easier to read and shows more items at once. Additionally, it’s now possible to search for system actions, including power off, suspend, lock screen, log out, switch user and orientation lock.
In Web, the GNOME browser, it’s now possible to synchronize your bookmarks, passwords and browser history, using the Firefox Sync service. This makes it possible to keep an online backup of this information and also to share it with Firefox desktop and mobile. For more information about these changes, as well as much more, see the release notes.