Now that the long awaited PR1.2 release of Maemo 5 is out on the wild, I thought it would be interesting to share some of the cool improvements that you'll see all over Maemo 5, courtesy of my fellow hackers in the toolkit and input methods teams, including yours truly.
Live search is everywhere. If you see a GtkTreeView, just type to filter items. If it doesn't work, feel free to file a bug against the application not using our wonderful HildonLiveSearch.
Panning and selection in textviews are no longer mutually exclusive. You can now just press Shift and drag your finger to select text. This works in both GtkTextView and GtkHTML widgets inside HildonPannableArea. Release and drag to pan again.
HildonTouchSelectorEntry does now smart matching, allowing for a more flexible search of items already in the list.
A long-press in the hardware keyboard will give the corresponding symbol. This is configurable in GConf for the minority who might not like it.
The virtual keyboard has been modernized completely. Say goodbye to the old layout coming from the old times.
Uncountable improvements and bug fixes in the support of the portrait mode, specially in dialogs.
Many more fixes that you'll probably won't notice directly, but hopefully will make your overall user experience much better.
Hope you'll enjoy our work!