The GNOME Project unleashed a few days ago the first development release towards GNOME Software 3.12, an application that will be launched along with the upcoming GNOME 3.12 desktop environment, and will allow users to install, remove and update system applications.
GNOME Software 3.11.1 comes with numerous new features, among which we can mention a loading icon for empty tiles, a new module to submit the user rating to the Fedora-tagger web service, a new plugin to read local installed AppData, a search provider, profiling functionality, for displaying a boot-chart log of startup, and application screenshots, with transition effects, and the GNOME Software executable has been turned into a service.
Moreover, support for 'missing' codecs has been added, as well as support for Epiphany web applications. The GNOME Software app allows an application to have multiple sources, search-by-mimetype in the UI, handles offline installation, supports AppStream screenshot captions, supports the 'X-AppInstall-Package' Ubuntu extension in desktop files, uses GNotification, and support the per-repo icon directories.
Among the bugs fixed, we can mention that several major crashes have been repaired, the overview will no longer reload more than once, clipped graphic will be avoided in the featured banner, 'Remove' is now always displayed in the details panel for updatable apps, better keyboard navigation on the details and search pages, as well as a few small memory leaks.
Last but not least, the Indonesian and Latvian translations have been added in this development release of GNOME Software 3.12, and the following translations have been updated: Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Galician, German, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian Bokmal, Polish, Serbian, Slovenian, Spanish, and Traditional Chinese.
Download GNOME Software 3.11.1 right now from Softpedia. Remember that this is a development version and it should NOT be installed on production machines. It is intended for testing purposes only.