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How to install andoid apps on sailfish os X

asked 2018-11-10 16:07:47 +0200

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updated 2018-11-10 16:17:01 +0200

I want to install andoid apps on my Sony experia X compact.

I just bought the license and can see the menu point andoid support on my phone. I am on version Sailfish OS 3 but how do I install andoid apps at this point.

I tried searching in the shop without any luck. I want to install telegramm and whatsapp.

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@bompy

After you have installed Android Support from Jolla Store, you can then install Android apps. For example, using the browser, go to https://www.whatsapp.com/android/ and download the apk. You may have to also enable 'Untrusted software' from the main Settings menu to allow 3rd party app installation.

Edz ( 2018-11-10 16:18:44 +0200 )edit
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well, the x compact is not officially supported, hence it has no official image so this wont work.

NuklearFart ( 2018-11-10 16:46:21 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-11-10 16:42:37 +0200

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I think that what you are missing is an Android app store. You can't install the Google Play Store on Sailfish. I can suggest two ways forward.

  • Jolla's recommended way is to install an appstore "Store" from the 'Jolla Store" (confusing, I know). The icon is a green circle with the Android "robot" symbol. You can then install Android apps from this store. This app store is based on Aptoide - there is nothing really wrong with that, but I have had a few problems with it.

  • My preferred way is via F-Droid. First, enable untrusted software in "Settings" if you haven't already. Browse to F-Droid using the browser, and select "Download F-Droid". Allow it to install, and then start the F-Droid app. You may find many of the apps you want there. If not, search in "F-Droid" for an app called "Yalp" and install it. Yalp gives you access to everything in the Google Play Store. Make sure that when using Yalp you always choose to use a Google account provided by Yalp. Never select the option to use your own Google account in Yalp: that would break Google's terms of service and you risk having your account shut down.

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The Funny thing is that I have 'store' installed but there is no android robot. I chose to go the f-droid option.

bompy ( 2018-11-10 17:16:35 +0200 )edit

@bompy Please report if this worked on Xperia X compact. This would be very good news, but I'm still doubting it works (or you don't have the X compact) ;-)

Spark ( 2018-11-10 18:21:37 +0200 )edit

@pakman. So i tried your way with F-Droid and it worked fine. then I uninstalled the 'store' app and reinstalled it and law and behold I had the store app with the robot icon. so both ways work sometimes the old phrase 'have you tried turning it on and off again' work. I prefer to use the store app but thanks for your advice. You are the man. PS: if you wondering about the compact compatibility check this out https://github.com/g7/sailfishx-patcher-f5321

bompy ( 2018-11-11 13:17:11 +0200 )edit

@bompy Thanks for clarifying, and glad I could help. My guess is that the original glitch that you had with the Jolla Android Store had something to do with the F5321 compatibility layer.

pakman ( 2018-11-11 22:51:37 +0200 )edit
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answered 2018-11-10 17:04:51 +0200

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updated 2018-11-10 17:11:56 +0200

@NuklearFart has given the correct answer despite the goodwill of @Edz and @pakman, who probably overread "compact":

As the Xperia X compact is not officially supported, there is no AlienDalvik layer for it, so you will not be able to install Android apps on this phone and the license is basically worthless for you. The Sailfish you installed on it is probably a community port.

If you want to use Android apps and your license, you need to buy an Xperia X/X dual sim or any variant of the XA2 family.

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I read it fully, including the 'compact' part but I also read "I just bought the license" and assumed that Xperia compact is supported, if not, why does the OP state such a thing?

For anyone reading, I am still using Jolla1 and do not keep up with what's happening with SailfishX.

Edz ( 2018-11-10 17:45:39 +0200 )edit

Me too, i inferred from "bought the license" and "can see ... android support" that we were dealing with an official Jolla distro. Perhaps the OP could clarify?

pakman ( 2018-11-10 20:39:50 +0200 )edit
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