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jolla store: f-droid is in the wrong category [answered]

asked 2015-06-04 22:39:40 +0300

misc11 gravatar image

updated 2017-03-07 01:49:37 +0300

in the jolla store theres the f-droid appstore available, but its not in the category "marketplaces". this makes it hard to find! or better said people wont know its up when its not in "marketplaces".

please fix that! :)

ps: i know this is probably not jollas fault but i guess they can easily fix that!

edit: over a year later f-droid remains in the wrong category - the ridiculous reasons are explained in caprico's post

edit: for about 2 weeks now f-droid in in marketplaces. so after the back and forth this seems to be fixed finally :)

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f-droid is now to be found in "marketplaces" :)

misc11 ( 2015-09-29 21:30:39 +0300 )edit

well.... seems like its gone again... wtf

misc11 ( 2015-10-06 22:20:20 +0300 )edit

This is definitely not OK if true - some sort of official clarification is needed.

MartinK ( 2015-10-06 23:15:03 +0300 )edit

and now f-droid can be found in marketplaces again :-) lets hope this issue is fixed now...

misc11 ( 2016-02-18 18:24:14 +0300 )edit

ah-ha! f-droid gone again from marketplaces... jolla be trolling.... :-|

misc11 ( 2016-02-24 18:52:43 +0300 )edit

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answered 2015-06-04 23:05:44 +0300

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updated 2015-06-04 23:42:51 +0300

I totally agree with you - it doesn't make sense to us users and kinda hides F-Droid. But the app publisher LibreTrend wrote following in the app comments:

INFO - After contacting with the Harbour team we've been told that only partners can have their store on the Marketplace Group. With this in mind the app will stay in the "Application" group until a better solution appears.

LibreTrend who published the app in the store is not the company FDroid Limited: Check out this discussion to find out more about the situation incl. answers by LibreTrend: https://f-droid.org/forums/topic/fdroid-in-the-jolla-store-harbour/.

Therefore FDroid isn't an official partner (and we don't know what the terms of such a partnership are) of Jolla and can't be found in the "Marketplace" category.

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WOW what is that!?!?! do they want apps for their system or not.... - wow

misc11 ( 2015-06-04 23:11:46 +0300 )edit

It makes sense considering the terms with their partners and to offer only verified 3rd party stores (maybe those stores even pay a fee to Jolla). But it is certainly confusing and I would also like to see F-Droid in the logical category as well. I'm sure F-Droid could become an official partner as well...but idk what it takes to be that and if there's even interest. I edited my answer above with more infos I found.

molan ( 2015-06-04 23:20:00 +0300 )edit

considering that fdroid does not offer sailfish apps (as far as i know) its not really about that. still aptoide etc also do not offer them- but for me it would be more strange if something like openrepos would be declined.

kaktux ( 2015-06-05 00:28:03 +0300 )edit

@caprico Wow, that really is a stupid reason! Not to mention that all the apps in FDroid are open source VS the usual proprietary apps hosted in the Android app stores. Even though they are running in the Android sandbox, they can still do a lot of nefarious things without a warning due to their proprietary nature.

@katux Actually Warehouse (the OpenRepos) was submitted to Harbour a long time ago, but rejected due to the packaging APIs not being allowed. Note that all the currently listed marketplaces carry only Android apps and are probably allowed only due to the Android applications running in a sandbox. Still quite a shame due to all the nice applications available from OpenRepos but not possible in Harbour due to the limited set of allowed APIs.

MartinK ( 2015-06-05 16:19:32 +0300 )edit

@MartinK: I agree with everything you say. But can also understand with given reasons why Jolla can't put this F-Droid store in Marketplace. Solution would be that F-Droid themselves publish their app on Jolla Store. So maybe we could write them and ask... I'm an active user of Warehouse and love a lot of apps there. But I think it's ok where it is at the moment. There is some software in Warehouse which can cause issues on the Jolla phone or even break the system - furthermore there could be malicious software which isn't tested and apporved by Jolla Store. Already now there are users with system boot-loops because they didn't understand how Warehouse repositories work or what consequences some system modifications can have.

OpenRepos (Warehouse) is a great place where developers can offer their apps to the "curious and brave" users for testing. Often we see those apps appearing in Jolla Store once the developer thinks it's ready :-) If Jolla published Warehouse in their Store, they would take a lot of responsability. Of course bad things can also happen with Andoird apps, but them being emulated is a bit a differnet situation.

molan ( 2015-06-05 16:38:03 +0300 )edit

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