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[request] LINE for jolla

asked 2015-01-28 10:39:25 +0300

NeWin gravatar image

Hey guys ! Even if all is explained in the title I will present LINE and why it could be really interesting to have it in jolla.

LINE is an free call/messages using internet instead of gsm like kakaotalk or skype http://line.me/en/ It is mainly used by japanese and design for japanese guys but the thing is japan is big and the japan culture is widely spread around the world. Enough for when I see all of my friends none of them use what'sapp or whatever all of them (that are not in korea) use LINE. That make LINE pretty widely used (over 400 million people).

But the thing that make me think a port to sailfishOS is possible is when I see the download page: http://line.me/en/download LINE developers seems very open-minded and I think they just don't know the existence of jolla.

So I am not asking to the community to make a LINE app (the protocol is not open anyway) but to the jolla team to talk about a sailfish port with the LINE team.

-> I know LINE can run well as an android app but a native app written by professional could be really great in the jolla store !

PS: a complete integration using account system of sailfish could be better but i'm not making any illusion jolla team don't have time for this

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LINE is very popular in Asia, which is a huge market. Would be good for Jolla to get them on board!

Stefanix ( 2015-01-28 21:53:57 +0300 )edit

Seeing they even made it for Firefox OS, I think it might be possible for them to consider Sailfish OS version, thumbs up, I use LINE a lot too :)

Acce ( 2015-01-29 17:53:55 +0300 )edit

By the way, I don't know if it's very legal but i found this recently: http://stackoverflow.com/questions/14494444/is-there-an-api-for-line-by-naver the plugin of pidgin seems to work so I post this link if someone motivated want to make an unofficial support on warehouse...

NeWin ( 2015-02-01 09:36:15 +0300 )edit

Sailfish OS doesn't even have Japanese locale as of update 10. I doubt that LINE would be happy to put efforts into this platform.

tlsiu ( 2015-02-06 05:08:01 +0300 )edit

Not only it would be great to have such a native app in the store but Line is itself becoming a real ecosystem of services and it could expand the Jolla possibilities though them.

sgamao ( 2015-02-17 12:32:31 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-01-29 16:47:18 +0300

slava gravatar image

There's pretty much nothing we can do about it since it's not open source. It's all entirely up to them.

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I think you miss a part, I know jolla cannot develop it by itself and this is exactly why I said "[..] the jolla team to talk about a sailfish port with the LINE team." and not asking for a port by jolla but really to a discussion between jolla and naver to ask naver to make the port of LINE to sailfish. And also why i've said "i'm not making any illusion" because jolla will need a lot talking with naver then time for developing it...

Do I need to edit my question to make it more clear ?

NeWin ( 2015-01-29 17:12:51 +0300 )edit

No, it's all clear, I got your point. But the people doing the talking here at Jolla are just as busy as people doing the coding, so don't expect too much too soon.

slava ( 2015-01-29 18:09:44 +0300 )edit

I know I don't expect this "soon" I just wanted jolla to consider this option and I think because you answered that's done =) and BIG thank you for this !

NeWin ( 2015-01-29 18:39:32 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-05 15:39:26 +0300

freedent gravatar image

Plugin for Pidgin : http://altrepo.eu/git/purple-line.git/

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Perhaps the author, Matti Virkkunen, a Finn, could be persuaded to do a Sailfish port?

aegis ( 2015-02-05 16:40:28 +0300 )edit

Like I've posted in comment on my own question he did an unofficial protocol docs http://altrepo.eu/git/line-protocol.git/ so I think better than persuade him it could be interressant if someone write the app using his doc. But the main idea I had in mind was to get a official app in the store written from a big company

NeWin ( 2015-02-05 18:41:21 +0300 )edit

answered 2015-02-05 15:52:10 +0300

jbruggem gravatar image

updated 2015-02-05 16:36:21 +0300

[irrelevant - see comments]

Maybe a good stop-gap solution would be to try and package LINE's FxOS app as an android APK using "APK Factory" ? Of course, it's not something that would be distributable... But maybe some kind of build script/instructions could be.

Ref: https://hacks.mozilla.org/2014/03/better-integration-for-open-web-apps-on-android/

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Why would you do this when there is already an Android client?

aegis ( 2015-02-05 16:33:00 +0300 )edit

Indeed. I was answering under the incorrect assuption that the Android client does not work on Jolla. My mistake!

jbruggem ( 2015-02-05 16:35:57 +0300 )edit

The Android client does not work properly. The notification will die after a minute or so after the app is put into the background.

Steven Ha ( 2015-02-20 17:39:43 +0300 )edit

Is the Android client now working properly?

mdosch ( 2015-10-28 12:38:38 +0300 )edit

@mdosch : yes -- it was related to jolla's support of background android processes (Notifications were fine, but the background service publishing them would die).

It's fixed since 1.8 or 1.9, can't remember.

jbruggem ( 2015-11-02 16:43:41 +0300 )edit
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