most wanted core apps to run ubuntu as daily phone OS



  • 🙂 I have, @advocatux - it's just not the same. Thanks though.



  • Hello,

    Strange how people don't share the same feeling about core apps ...
    Here's my point of vue :

    My phone is a phone so :

    • Phone app
    • Contacts app (at least with local database)
    • Messages app (SMS, MMS)
    • Clock app (with alarms)

    My phone is built over Linux so :

    • Terminal app
    • Filemanager app
    • Preferences app
    • System update app
    • Apparmor management app <= missing

    My phone has I/O interfaces so :

    • Camera app (photo, video)
    • Galery app (photo, video)
    • Play and Record sounds apps <= partially
    • Display GPS coordinates app (textual, no map) <= missing

    My phone is smart and connected so :

    • Calendar app (at least with local database)
    • Calculator app
    • Notes app
    • Web browser app
    • Mail client app
    • Openstore app
    • Anbox app <= necessary for UT survival

    IMHO, Telegram (or similar apps) is too specific and restricting to be a core app.

    Have a nice day
    Pulsar33


  • Infrastructure

    @pulsar33 You can use SensorsStatus BTW to fetch GPS coordinates in text form xD

    BR



  • @flohack : Yes I have it, thanks
    But ...

    • It's not a core app,
    • Accelerometer is useless
    • Altimeter, Compass, Gyroscope, Pressure are said unavailable (BQ E5 OTA15)
    • GPS data : only LAT/LON are relevant but badly filtered and presented.

    A correct app would display correctly filtered LAT, LON, ALT, DIRECTION, TIME & SPEED with units and formats relevant choices, IMHO.
    Best regards. Pulsar33

    PS : I would be happy to code this but I didn't succeed installing sdk as said here



  • @3arn0wl

    notes-app is a core app. It only hooks up to Evernote, though.



  • Hi @unisuperbox.
    I remember the notes app - I downloaded it when I first flashed my phone. It didn't seem to save the notes though. 😕 Now I can't seem to find notes-app in the open-store...



  • @3arn0wl Just looked in uappexplorer and says its no longer available. Unless you can persuade the developer. Might be worth a try really not sure.



  • 🙂 Thanks @lakotaubp



  • @3arn0wl Ment to add it just states email support no direct name or developer. Pressed post button to early. Its getting late for me 😉



  • 🙂 @lakotaubp - I've just e-mailed the developer...



  • @3arn0wl @Lakotaubp Since the code is here https://github.com/ubports/notes-app/ theres actually no need to ask the maintainer. But it would be great if she/he would maintain it for sure... 🙂 It was preinstalled when I flashed ubports ubuntu touch in december i think and I'm using it a lot and it's basically okay (not using synchronization stuff). There was a user at the munich gettogether who asked to put it back to the openstore. We actually promised him to do so... so we really should do it... most propably we just have to build the click package... I'll try it in the train tomorrow.



  • I would find it nice to have a clear picture about "app importance" btw... How about a poll for that? For example that one: https://answergarden.ch/709715



  • @hummlbach Thanks for that. I have it synced to an evernote account. Works well for me, just the "allow access for" part seems to vary.



  • @hummlbach it's funny with this https://answergarden.ch/709715 to get the priority more visual



  • @flohack and others thank You for the clarification of this matter. Regarding "But keep in mind, currently telephony makes little sense, since Apps dont execute in the background due to the design of the OS" and this is not optimistic conclusion :(. The internet telephony/messaging without notifications in background makes its usefulness very limited. I hope it will be possible to "fix" it somehow in the future. I wish it all of us!



  • @stefano do You know what is the chance that android apps working in Anbox will be sending notifications from the background (I'm about the telephony/messaging apps)? Flohack has wrote that the structure of the OS doesn't currently give the possibility of notifications from background working apps...


  • Infrastructure

    @cheniek This is a complex question. To receive notifications you will need Google Play services installed, and then, they need to be able to run in the background. We cannot say yet if this will ever work.



  • @flohack Thank You for this reply. As I wrote above I hope the notifications from apps working in background will be implemented somehow in UT in the future. If this is not a core app/functionality it is for sure very important matter for large number of people. Best Regards!



  • @cheniek the main problem is how to have a privacy-minded device running non-privacy-minded apps.

    Most Google apps need a lot of tracking to work properly, and UT have a strict apparmor policy.

    Probably we can find a balance for some apps, but some of them are not going to work the same as when running on an Android device, that's for sure, and I think is going to be a permanent source of frustration for some users.



  • Thanks for doing this, @hummlbach. I hope you don't mind, but I've taken the liberty of adding some absolutely non-essential, non-core apps. UT seems to be on the cusp of a really exciting metamorphosis. I know the devs are concerned to replace the browser - for good reason, as far as my understanding can discern, but this is not 2013, and we're not back at square one. There are already thousands of us who use UT as our daily driver; who know what millions of others don't yet - that UT is already the best OS available, bar none.

    The hope is that the adoption of 16.04 will enable even more FOSS goodness.


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