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The future of Android support

We know by now that Play Services are not officially supported on Jolla. Meanwhile, Google's policy seems to be that more and more apps for Android are dependent on their Play Services, latest one being Chrome browser (link to the issue at chromium.org).

So, maybe this question should have been asked already a while ago: What is Jolla's solution in the future, and what's the schedule? Some options:

  1. Keeping the official support in the current level, possibly taking us to even more non-functional Android apps
  2. Relying on 3rd party (Myriad) work on the issue, or cooperating with them, contributing for better support
  3. Searching for another partner, e.g. different service that Alien Dalvik, to achieve better Android support
  4. Accepting Google's terms of service, playing by their rules, aiming towards official support for their Play Services
  5. Something else, what? (please comment with your ideas)

At the same time, I'm sure that all of us, including Jolla, wishes that many native apps are supported and developed to reduce the need of using Android apps in total. However, looking behind for the actions taken...

  • support for paid apps on Jolla Store
  • upgrades on apps developed by Jolla
  • support (inc. paying) for app developers
  • upgrading SDK
  • harbour QA, accepted libraries
  • open sourcing of apps
  • enabling Silica components

...it seems that there are some things done, but that the road ahead is a bit longer than many of us might want to see. So, while patiently waiting for even more native apps (few great ones are there already!), I wish we could have an official statement from Jolla on the future of Android support, maybe including some updates/schedules to the native app support and development as well. Thank in advance!

Related:

  • https://together.jolla.com/question/5771/google-play-services/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/30926/howto-install-google-play/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/62957/possible-to-overcome-google-play-services-dependencies/ (answered)
  • more questions tagged with `google-play-services´

The future of Android support

We know by now that Play Services are not officially supported on Jolla. Meanwhile, Google's policy seems to be that more and more apps for Android are dependent on their Play Services, latest one being Chrome browser (link to the issue at chromium.org).

So, maybe this question should have been asked already a while ago: What is Jolla's solution in the future, and what's the schedule? Some options:

  1. Keeping the official support in the current level, possibly taking us to even more non-functional Android apps
  2. Relying on 3rd party (Myriad) work on the issue, or cooperating with them, contributing for better support
  3. Searching for another partner, e.g. different service that Alien Dalvik, to achieve better Android support
  4. Accepting Google's terms of service, playing by their rules, aiming towards official support for their Play Services
  5. Something else, what? (please comment with your ideas)

At the same time, I'm sure that all of us, including Jolla, wishes that many native apps are supported and developed to reduce the need of using Android apps in total. However, looking behind for the actions taken...

  • support for paid apps on Jolla Store
  • upgrades on apps developed by Jolla
  • support (inc. paying) for app developers
  • upgrading SDK
  • harbour QA, accepted libraries
  • open sourcing of apps
  • enabling Silica components

...it seems that there are some things done, but that the road ahead is a bit longer than many of us might want to see. So, while patiently waiting for even more native apps (few great ones are there already!), I wish we could have an official statement from Jolla on the future of Android support, maybe including some updates/schedules to the native app support and development as well. Thank in advance!

Related:

  • https://together.jolla.com/question/5771/google-play-services/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/10407/what-is-the-support-lifetime-for-the-included-myriad-alien-dalvik/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/30926/howto-install-google-play/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/62957/possible-to-overcome-google-play-services-dependencies/ (answered)
  • more questions tagged with `google-play-services´

The future of Android support

We know by now that Play Services are not officially supported on Jolla. Meanwhile, Google's policy seems to be that more and more apps for Android are dependent on their Play Services, latest one being Chrome browser (link to the issue at chromium.org).

So, maybe this question should have been asked already a while ago: What is Jolla's solution in the future, and what's the schedule? Some options:

  1. Keeping the official support in the current level, possibly taking us to even more non-functional Android apps
  2. Relying on 3rd party (Myriad) work on the issue, or cooperating with them, contributing for better support
  3. Searching for another partner, e.g. different service that Alien Dalvik, to achieve better Android support
  4. Accepting Google's terms of service, playing by their rules, aiming towards official support for their Play Services
  5. Something else, what? (please comment with your ideas)

At the same time, I'm sure that all of us, including Jolla, wishes that many native apps are supported and developed to reduce the need of using Android apps in total. However, looking behind for the actions taken...

  • support for paid apps on Jolla Store
  • upgrades on apps developed by Jolla
  • support (inc. paying) for app developers
  • upgrading SDK
  • harbour QA, accepted libraries
  • open sourcing of apps
  • enabling Silica components

...it seems that there are some things done, but that the road ahead is a bit longer than many of us might want to see. So, while patiently waiting for even more native apps (few great ones are there already!), I wish we could have an official statement from Jolla on the future of Android support, maybe including some updates/schedules to the native app support and development as well. Thank in advance!

Related:

  • https://together.jolla.com/question/5771/google-play-services/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/10407/what-is-the-support-lifetime-for-the-included-myriad-alien-dalvik/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/30926/howto-install-google-play/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/62957/possible-to-overcome-google-play-services-dependencies/ (answered)
  • more questions tagged with `google-play-services´

The future of Android support

We know by now that Play Services are not officially supported on Jolla. Meanwhile, Google's policy seems to be that more and more apps for Android are dependent on their Play Services, latest one being Chrome browser (link to the issue at chromium.org).). EDIT: Why I'm especially linking Chrome, is because when it doesn't run on Jolla, it'll be a challenge to use ARC (Android runtime on Chrome) too. ARC might have been an option (...but not as fast) when Dalvik gets outdated - but now, it isn't.

So, maybe this question should have been asked already a while ago: What is Jolla's solution in the future, and what's the schedule? Some options:

  1. Keeping the official support in the current level, possibly taking us to even more non-functional Android apps
  2. Relying on 3rd party (Myriad) work on the issue, or cooperating with them, contributing for better support
  3. Searching for another partner, e.g. different service that Alien Dalvik, to achieve better Android support
  4. Accepting Google's terms of service, playing by their rules, aiming towards official support for their Play Services
  5. Something else, what? (please comment with your ideas)

At the same time, I'm sure that all of us, including Jolla, wishes that many native apps are supported and developed to reduce the need of using Android apps in total. However, looking behind for the actions taken...

  • support for paid apps on Jolla Store
  • upgrades on apps developed by Jolla
  • support (inc. paying) for app developers
  • upgrading SDK
  • harbour QA, accepted libraries
  • open sourcing of apps
  • enabling Silica components

...it seems that there are some things done, but that the road ahead is a bit longer than many of us might want to see. So, while patiently waiting for even more native apps (few great ones are there already!), I wish we could have an official statement from Jolla on the future of Android support, maybe including some updates/schedules to the native app support and development as well. Thank in advance!

Related:

  • https://together.jolla.com/question/5771/google-play-services/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/10407/what-is-the-support-lifetime-for-the-included-myriad-alien-dalvik/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/30926/howto-install-google-play/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/62957/possible-to-overcome-google-play-services-dependencies/ (answered)
  • more questions tagged with `google-play-services´

The future of Android support

We know by now that Play Services are not officially supported on Jolla. Meanwhile, Google's policy seems to be that more and more apps for Android are dependent on their Play Services, latest one being Chrome browser (link to the issue at chromium.org). EDIT: Why I'm especially linking Chrome, is because when it doesn't run on Jolla, it'll be a challenge to use ARC (Android runtime on Chrome) too. ARC might have been an option (...but not as fast) when Dalvik gets outdated - but now, it isn't.

EDIT: Additional to apps requiring play services more and more often, they might require a later Android version. The current support is for Android 4.1.2, and there seems to be no plans from Myriad to get that number higher either. This makes the future of Android support even more relevant question. END_OF_EDIT

So, maybe this question should have been asked already a while ago: What is Jolla's solution in the future, and what's the schedule? Some options:

  1. Keeping the official support in the current level, possibly taking us to even more non-functional Android apps
  2. Relying on 3rd party (Myriad) work on the issue, or cooperating with them, contributing for better support
  3. Searching for another partner, e.g. different service that Alien Dalvik, to achieve better Android support
  4. Accepting Google's terms of service, playing by their rules, aiming towards official support for their Play Services
  5. Something else, what? (please comment with your ideas)

At the same time, I'm sure that all of us, including Jolla, wishes that many native apps are supported and developed to reduce the need of using Android apps in total. However, looking behind for the actions taken...

  • support for paid apps on Jolla Store
  • upgrades on apps developed by Jolla
  • support (inc. paying) for app developers
  • upgrading SDK
  • harbour QA, accepted libraries
  • open sourcing of apps
  • enabling Silica components

...it seems that there are some things done, but that the road ahead is a bit longer than many of us might want to see. So, while patiently waiting for even more native apps (few great ones are there already!), I wish we could have an official statement from Jolla on the future of Android support, maybe including some updates/schedules to the native app support and development as well. Thank in advance!

Related:

  • https://together.jolla.com/question/5771/google-play-services/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/10407/what-is-the-support-lifetime-for-the-included-myriad-alien-dalvik/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/30926/howto-install-google-play/
  • https://together.jolla.com/question/62957/possible-to-overcome-google-play-services-dependencies/ (answered)
  • more questions tagged with `google-play-services´