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Ported Sailfish and WhatsApp: do they mix?

asked 2017-03-08 01:37:39 +0300

dmelamet gravatar image

Please tell me if it is possible to use Whatsapp in a ported Sailfish, and if so, how does it work. I left Jolla because I didn't have 4G or Whatsapp... Would like to get back.

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Since when does not Jolla have 4G support? Both Jolla 1 and Jolla C support 4G.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2017-03-08 10:09:46 +0300 )edit

@Giacomo Di Giacomo not all 4G's are made equal, perhaps the right Band wasn't supported in this persons world region.

r0kk3rz ( 2017-03-08 13:40:54 +0300 )edit

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answered 2017-03-08 12:39:32 +0300

updated 2017-03-09 11:50:15 +0300

If 'ported' means a community port of SFOS to a non-official device (everything besides Jolla 1 + C, Turing and Aqua Fish), then the answer is: No.

All community ports have the absence of proprietary functions (alien dalvik, word prediction...) in common. That means, there is no usable WA-version, until WhatsApp Inc. develop an native client for SFOS (what seems atm very unlikely).

SFOS on alternative Hardware

Furthermore, there are some inoffical Whatsapp-Clients (e.g. Mitakuuluu), but WhatsApp Inc. is very restrictive against such software. My experience is, that they often have major issues and errors, partially don't transmit messeges and often loosing their basic functions with every update of the main program.

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My experience with Mitakuuluu and WhatsUp was quite positive up to the point were I got banned by whatsapp two times and had to wait several month until my phone number was unbanned.

till ( 2017-03-09 13:19:03 +0300 )edit

The native Whatsapp alternatives used the old Nokia S40 Protocol. But at the end of 2016 Whatsapp has cancelled the support for this clients therefore even without getting banned you will most likely not have a chance to connect to the server. Partly this is because of new functionalities like end-to-end encryption and partly because these hardware/phones usually have too less power to support all new functionalities

PatsJolla ( 2017-03-09 15:00:40 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-03-08 13:45:45 +0300

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At the moment you can install hacked Alien Dalvik on Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 SailfishOS Ports. This is de-facto illegal, butit would work.

I personally switched from Whatsapp to Telegram. Its more open, no so restrictive and it runs native on SailfishOS.

IMHO its not a good couple to use SailfishOS for its openess and secured privacy on one hand and use whatsapp/google at the same time.

My opinion is: Who can't live without google and whatsapp should better use Android Smartphone. But again: This is only my opinion.

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Maybe Android Smartphone isn't better for people who can't live without google and whatsapp. You don't have to have them running all the time with switch on/off Android support on SailfishOS. So you have bigger control compared to Android.

kuba77 ( 2017-03-09 00:18:31 +0300 )edit

answered 2017-03-08 08:48:11 +0300

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updated 2017-03-08 10:13:33 +0300

Well at the moment 4G is supported (at least LTE european and indian bands). And whatsapp also (just install android support) .

Edit: J1 and JC do support LTE and Whatasapp (via Alien Dalvik)

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He said in a ported Sailfish, so no Android support and no Whatsapp.

Giacomo Di Giacomo ( 2017-03-08 10:08:57 +0300 )edit

Oooooops, my bad. Your are absolutely right. My brain read "xperia" instead of "ported".

lupastro ( 2017-03-08 10:12:34 +0300 )edit
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