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GSConnect Update Lets You Control Android Music Apps from Your Desktop + More

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A new version of the GSConnect extension for GNOME Shell desktops is now available, and it’s packing a couple of nifty changes.

If you’ve not heard of GSConnect before then it’s best to think of it as a bridge between Android and Ubuntu.

As when the GSConnect extension is installed locally and paired with an Android phone running the KDE Connect Android app, a bunch of neat integrations are possible e.g., transfer files to and from Android, sync clipboard, send and receive SMS, see Android notifications, and even use a phone touchscreen as a trackpad for the desktop!

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GSConnect Updated With Command Line Interface, Wayland Clipboard

  • GSConnect Updated With Command Line Interface, Wayland Clipboard Support (Experimental)

    GSConnect v25 (quickly followed by v26 to fix a single issue) was released a few hours ago, and is already available on the Gnome Extensions website. The new version brings support for controlling remote media players, experimental clipboard support under Wayland and CLI scripting interface, and more.

    So what's GSConnect? It's an implementation of KDE Connect (which integrates with the KDE Plasma desktop) for Gnome Shell.

    After pairing your Android device that has the KDE Connect app installed with your desktop via GSConnect, you'll be able perform various actions between the Android device and your desktop computer: transfer files, mirror the clipboard and notifications, remote control media players, send and receive SMS, use Android as a remote keyboard and mouse input, launch commands on the computer from Android, and more.

    Newer GSConnect versions require Gnome Shell 3.28, 3.30 or 3.32.

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