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Native Sailfish app for Facebook

asked 2014-08-25 15:55:00 +0300

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Hi Jolla boys and girls,

Here is one marketing idea: as Facebook is certainly the most used social media app globally, it would make sense to develop either by Jolla itself or a commercial partner a truly well-working native Sailfish-Facebook app. This native Sailfish Facebook app should be really something else than competing Os's offer and that could really make the difference for lots of people. I see that open source community has great small apps, thanks for that, great job, but once we are talking about larger development work commercial approach would work faster. Many, like myself, would be willing to pay let's say even 20-50 euros for this kind of special app. And what could be better marketing than in each Facebook picture download: "Proudly by Jolla Sailfish-phone".

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personally I would prefer it as it is with an improved browser and ad-block, I do not like to share contents of my phone with and integrated FB app.

pmelas ( 2014-08-25 16:17:46 +0300 )edit

I don't use facebook myself, but I believe the "Friends" app in the store is a native facebook app.

Tanghus ( 2014-08-25 16:20:38 +0300 )edit

Friends is a native fb app, however Friends functionality is not complete, and I think the main reason for this is the free FB API limitations. For a full functionality, I suspect FB will ask in exchange access to phone data plus ads. None is ideal, at least I would like to have the choice.

pmelas ( 2014-08-25 16:46:47 +0300 )edit

The browser application is more functional than Friends. It is annoying that both are missing some essential operations like defining the place or editing a post

jpek-m ( 2014-08-25 19:15:45 +0300 )edit

20-50 euros? you're crazy!

deedend ( 2014-08-25 19:46:02 +0300 )edit

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answered 2014-08-27 04:37:35 +0300

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Actually, when I look at all the craziness that Facebook apps (Messenger!) are wreaking on Android phones, I'm not that sure anymore I want a Facebook app to do the same thing on my Jolla. Facebook keeps trying to take over your whole phone. Remember the "FB home" thingy for Android - and now the Messenger mess? I just recently read how permissions work on Android, and how the FB app wants control over pretty much everything. I'm just glad that's not how Sailfish handles permissions (is it?). Maybe it's best we leave it at what we have, maybe add some functionaltiy to Friends, but not go any further on a corporate level between Jolla and Facebook. I think I might welcome it if they don't get into business with each other any further.

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totally agreed. I actually DON'T WANT a FB app (also the FB for android app has a running process in the background too - irritating).

i'm happy to use for all my FB needs. much cleaner, much more in control.

native FB app also means we have to worry about supporting the app when FB changes their APIs (it has happened before with the N900) - this is something Android and iOS users don't need to be concerned with because their app comes directly from FB.

droll ( 2014-08-27 06:29:39 +0300 )edit

I still wonder how people who fall for Sailfish (or GNU/Linux in general) at the same time use Facebook. One is about trying to be open and independent... The other is all about being closed, proprietary, killing all open standards.

If solutions come up to make FB-users happy, I'll be happy too. I'd just personally prefer work on other issues, from more complete XMPP implementation to SIP to a plugable account framework (for 3rd party developers) etc etc etc :)

ossi1967 ( 2014-08-27 10:40:53 +0300 )edit
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