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Add Sailbook to accounts and offer an alternative to Facebook messenger

asked 2018-03-24 15:58:21 +0200

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Hey, how about adding Sailbook to the accounts and then through a chat application offer a Facebook Messenger alternative. Just taking out the messagestream of Facebook, and showing it in a native chat application. Should be doable, and would offer an extend function for Facebook user :)

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But so tell me, how did Sailbook do it then? I mean just extracting the messages of the Sailbook App to a Messenger App

Firefox84 ( 2018-03-24 16:27:42 +0200 )edit

You mean like a proxy to facebook native messenger ( running on android)? That'd be a loose-loose situation right there; no native app, and all data coming from fb anyways.

tortoisedoc ( 2018-03-24 17:28:51 +0200 )edit

Early SFOS releases allowed that via an XMPP account and native message app. What changed was FB API terms and conditions.

pmelas ( 2018-03-24 17:46:18 +0200 )edit

Um, no. Absolutely no Facebook integration in Sailfish. If you are stupid enough to sell your life and soul to Facebook, then you can damn well use Android like the rest of the sheeple, because your integrity is alredy a lost cause. Don't bring your trash to an OS that is meant to be the opposite of what Facebook stands for. If you have a Facebook account, I pity you - but it's not my problem.

bocephus ( 2018-03-25 02:10:54 +0200 )edit

@Firefox84 Sailbook uses a webview to display the Facebook mobile website. Almost all other FB clients on Android are using this trick.

Dylan Van Assche ( 2018-03-28 18:01:54 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-03-24 16:17:38 +0200

tortoisedoc gravatar image

For exactly the same reasons you would like to have a facebook app, facebook is not going to allow it for long and will ban it. they wont allow privacy if not on ther teirms.

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answered 2018-03-27 21:33:48 +0200

You can continue to use Sailbook... On J1, Jolla C is working well. On Xperia X is misteriously laggy and slow (6 cores and it's slower?), but there is the notification-issue.

I've tested on Jolla 1, and no notification, idem on Sailfish X. On JC it was working... You can solve adding a facebook account to Sailfish list, and when events screen show a notification, jump to Sailbook.

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Did you enabled notifications in settings? Default they are turned off ;) Recently, an update resetted those values again since now every type of notification can be enabled.

Dylan Van Assche ( 2018-03-28 17:54:20 +0200 )edit

Yes, everything about notification is on... I get all the notifications when I open Sailbook. As default is not bad: in this way Facebook distracts much less. But in the case of messages it is convenient to leave it on...

Maybe a delete/reinstall will solve?

minojolla ( 2018-03-28 19:02:57 +0200 )edit

answered 2018-03-28 18:00:32 +0200

I'm developing Sailbook together with Rudi Timmermans and adding native chat support is impossible due Facebook.

  1. They block everything from third-party apps, Sailbook uses some mean tricks to bypass them but it can break anytime.
  2. The native chat application doesn't support group chats which are required for Facebook.
  3. This would violate the Facebook Terms of Service which could lead to lawyers and so on...

The notifications are still working at the moment on all my devices (Jolla 1, Jolla C, Xperia X and Oneplus X) and might improve as soon as SFOS 3 is released with support for the new Webengine. In theory, notifications should work then even when the app is closed.

In the mean time for Xperia X users, download the Webkit revision from Leszek on Openrepos. This provides an up-to-date Webkit package (video's are working then in messages) and is more fluent then the stock version.

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Hi. can you please discribe, how your Facebook Notifications work?

On my Xperia X / SailfishOS i have only Twitter Notifications. Facebook Notifications are not there since long time...

ExPLIT ( 2018-05-28 12:48:45 +0200 )edit
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