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Signal (message and call encryption app)

asked 2015-11-18 16:06:13 +0300

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is anybody developing a Jolla port for Signal currently? Signal is the successor to TextSecure and RedPhone, combining the functionality of both.

As there have been some extended discussions regarding encrypted messaging with no satisfying outcome, this would finally be a good way to have such functionality natively available.

Best, Markus

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tortoisedoc ( 2015-11-18 18:18:28 +0300 )edit

If you have other problems with Textsecure/Signal: Look at the comments in the Jolla Store or at talk.maemo.org

hasdf1 ( 2015-11-24 10:10:29 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-11-24 10:08:09 +0300

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You can download an APK here - it's on approval for the Jolla Store: http://talk.maemo.org/showpost.php?p=1489179&postcount=10

The APK replaces your installed Textsecure and imports the data. Works like a charm for me (even encrypted calling!).

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I can confirm that this works. Hope the author of this Jolla version doesn't mind that I added it to my 'jollyjolla' Aptoide store.

Wizah ( 2015-11-24 12:26:36 +0300 )edit

@Wizah its OpenSource. And I also did not ask OpenWhisper Systems or JavaJens before building this apk version. So everything is ok :) This is the power of free software :)

leszek ( 2015-11-25 12:27:52 +0300 )edit

Convenience tip: At Dec 14 2015, "Signal Jolla Edition" version 3.3.1 arrived at the Jolla store, so it can be installed from this source, too.

If you have problems, registering via "call verification", try to enable "contact list access for android apps" in your Jolla settings. This helped me solving this problem. See also: http://talk.maemo.org/showthread.php?p=1492118#post1492118

ralooyar ( 2015-12-19 15:10:08 +0300 )edit

short questions: I do not get any notification from signal. I already installed android notification and added signal to the chat category. Even after a reboot I do not get any notifications. Do I have to do something else?

Salzi ( 2015-12-29 13:50:26 +0300 )edit

@Salzi Read this post after the line "if your app is not mentioned here before do these additional steps to get the information" https://together.jolla.com/question/109180/feature-request-add-missing-apps-to-the-chat-application-list/

Works just fine for me

hasdf1 ( 2016-01-19 19:29:19 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-11-30 10:41:08 +0300

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in case someone is willing to develop a native SailfishOS client: @coderus has already ported libaxolotl to Qt/C++ (for use in his WhatsApp client, but the lib is nevertheless coming from and used by Signal): https://github.com/CODeRUS/libaxolotl

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There is also own whispersystems libaxolotl-c https://github.com/WhisperSystems/libaxolotl-c

coderus ( 2015-11-30 11:32:15 +0300 )edit

A native integration would be a pleasure, while XMPP/Jingle is the only independent and federated solation, a native signal app would be the lesser evil compared to other existing networks.

hoschi ( 2015-11-30 12:51:15 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-05-07 15:57:27 +0300

Shared this in another thread, but native version in https://github.com/aebruno/whisperfish and one that is in openrepos https://github.com/geobra/harbour-sailsecure

I have personally been using the second one as it is packaged.

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are they connecting to Signal server via websocket or GCM?

tad ( 2016-05-11 14:52:46 +0300 )edit

I beleive websocket since it is based on text-secure, however I have not done an audit of the code.

marxistvegan ( 2016-05-11 16:31:19 +0300 )edit

Does anyone know why Whisperfish is not packaged? The developer of Sailsecure things about quitting the work, because Whisperfish seems to make more progress (see comments on openrepos).

hoschi ( 2016-06-16 22:33:25 +0300 )edit

@hoschi it's not packaged in harbour or openrepos, but you can download compiled rpms at the release page: https://github.com/aebruno/whisperfish/releases

tad ( 2016-06-17 02:37:44 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-02-28 17:19:48 +0300

kaktux gravatar image

I just read about Libresignal. Seems to be Signal without google GCM. Has anyone tried it out and can tell if it works with Jolla/Sailfish??

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working best for me, although the maintainer of the fork announced to drop support due to the companies policy for third-party clients

fungs ( 2016-11-23 09:51:07 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-11-28 21:33:36 +0300

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The TextSecure Jolla editions was built with Websocket support which I guess will be continued for Signal. However, there is a way to run the official Signal over Google Push notification using the open-source Google Services replacement microG. If you just want to get it running, install a few apk packages and you are done. The packages and full instructions how to patch Signal to get it running with microG are available here: https://mega.nz/#!fgswkLxD!BWloPSD9nOwKdgHqt2Ee5Ng3nbBnOMsFhxplwliBLPE

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This is very interesting. I see lots of potential for microG

leszek ( 2015-11-29 13:46:57 +0300 )edit

For always up do date version and fdroid repos see https://fdroid.eutopia.cz/

bomo ( 2015-11-30 20:57:40 +0300 )edit

Wow, if it's open source it must be good. Reflecting your answer just a single second, who wants to put the fox in charge of the henhouse?

marsch ( 2015-12-15 17:01:42 +0300 )edit

@marsch, if you have problems with the websocket version or if the functionality is removed at some point then the GCM replacement will help people to run apps without the Google framework implementation and without the need to have a Google account. So for all those who had to wait weeks before a Jolla edition app was released, they could have used official builds. It's simply another alternative, and alternatives are always good. Is still prefer decentralized services. It's a a proof of concept and it's functional already. GCM is able to handle massive communication data and there is no open push notification standard around that I know of right now.

fungs ( 2015-12-30 18:27:16 +0300 )edit

Trying this right now, but I am a bit lost as to what buttons to press in the Lucky Patcher to get signal not test for the Google Play store. Can you elaborate here?

nomeata ( 2016-11-23 02:17:10 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-05-07 19:35:18 +0300

TW1920 gravatar image

Anything new about Signal App on Sailfish OS ? The updates on all apps are a long time ago :/

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As far as I know there is only the currently unmaintained Whisperfish. And recently there has been a "Call for action": https://together.jolla.com/question/204553/call-for-action-native-signal-app/. I don't know of other native and working clients. I asked Signal just a few days back directly via their contact form and only received a very short answer that there is currently no support. I can only hope that they have a statistics for the most requested platforms. So please feel free to bother them. The more requests they get the more likely it gets that they support Sailfish OS officially.

c-mauderer ( 2019-05-07 22:20:50 +0300 )edit

answered 2019-09-26 00:30:07 +0300

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updated 2019-09-26 00:30:07 +0300

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I used whisperfish for a while (xperia xa2 single sim), working quite ok (apart from sending videos, read/status-indication, and some first trouble with the contacts all fine rsp. happy that I could communicate at all with my signal-contacts...). Since beta-status for xa2 is over, I switched over to the proper signal-app and I am quite happy with it (no major problems so far, only minor stuff like bad interference with the camera-/galerie-app so that the account-symbol could not be replaced by a photo etc.).

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