Jolla, please take "Friends" under your wings

asked 2014-04-20 13:23:05 +0300

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Sailfish OS doesn't have an official Facebook app and many people think that "Friends" (by Lucien Xu) is a great community offering.

Why not take this one step further and make it the official Facebook app for the platform?


  • Friends should use the Facebook account that the user added in Settings -> Accounts
  • Facebook notifications should open in Friends, not in a browser
  • Friends should be in the "Jolla" category in the Store

Jolla could even hire Lucien to do this work for them, and support him in making Friends a fully-fledged Facebook client that is on par with the Facebook clients of other platforms.

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I do not use Facebook, but that is the right way for Jolla to improve the UX.

zlatko ( 2014-04-20 13:34:34 +0300 )edit

AFAIK Jolla is not (yet) allowed to provide official Facebook app due to some licensing issues. I guess they would have to pay for Facebook to do that.

TemeV ( 2014-04-20 16:08:30 +0300 )edit

I know I'm a minority, but still I'd like to voice a contra-point: Jolla at this stage should be focusing on implementing open standards instead of some very proprietary protocol and platform. Since I avoid the latter type, for me every hour spent on that is an hour not spent on something I do might use.

Fuzzillogic ( 2014-04-20 17:26:27 +0300 )edit

Personally I hope not. Officially preferring one might discourage alternatives. Alternatives give new ideas and make everything better. As for the notifications idea, yes, that should be in the settings.

orjans ( 2014-04-20 22:40:52 +0300 )edit

Well, I would rather say the account & notification interfaces should be improved to be actually usable by third party applications.

Taking a single application a hardwiring it to the system might be a short-term solution but brings no longer-term benefits.

MartinK ( 2014-04-21 03:11:52 +0300 )edit