Android apps to run in UT?


  • Banned

    Remembered this news from january when marius announced his work to fit sfdroid from Sailfish to UT. Is there any progress with this, or is it on hold or abandoned?

    http://www.omgubuntu.co.uk/2017/01/dev-work-run-android-apps-ubuntu-phone



  • Here is a very good question, what about? The idea was interesting


  • Infrastructure

    Well I would say since now we are focusing really on the core OS and all things around, @mariogrip will not have much time for that. And now Anbox appeared (https://anbox.io/) so there are guys who will try the same, maybe even in a better way.

    I think like the Halium project and Yunit we can see with Anbox another very interesting idea evolve. But, because we are different projects, we need to work together and communicate to integrate all stuff at the end. This is normally a good thing for open, well-defined interfaces :)

    So let´s hope Anbox will be great soon.

    BR



  • @Flohack Hi, for Halium project i want test it in my device Moto G 2014 , since UT is runing now(with some bugs to fix) .



  • It is a good idea and it would open the os to a lot more apps than it had before. Some may even say that this could of saved the os originally and if I am telling the truth, I would of said that. However, a fair few people (me included) moves to UT as it was different from Android and Apple, so to just make the Android apps run on UT, is that going down a path that most will not want to go down?



  • There are too many threads talking about the same, maybe it would be a good idea to stick a poll.

    I don't want to repeat what I already said in other threads, so the short version is please, don't put Android apps in UBports.


  • Banned

    @advocatux

    Why not? You don't have to use them if you don't want. There is many apps that you can't get on UT and most likely now that Canonical ditched the project even more so.

    Whatsapp is one such case and sadly it is so widely used that it is impoosible to sell people alternatives. Spotify might be next one. I also have few work apps that i need and must use Android phone @ work. Otherwise i would use my dualsim Pro5.



  • @alterrnator, why do you want to use a UBports phone?

    Security & privacy are my main concerns and I do believe those are the main points to whoever is looking for a free (as in freedom) phone. As I understand, those are the goals for UBports development, and that's why I'm supporting UBports.

    I don't like Whatsapp. Even more, I don't want facebook's software in any of my devices. If someone wants to send me a message s/he can use Telegram, or SMS, or even email.

    If you need to use Android apps, use an Android phone.
    If you want security, privacy, and freedom, use UBports.
    If you want something in the middle, use LineageOS.

    P.S. LineageOS is a great piece of software and you can use it with microG and F-Droid to get rid of a lot of Google software.



  • @advocatux said in Android apps to run in UT?:

    @alterrnator, why do you want to use a UBports phone?
    because this should be always a free choice !!!
    Security & privacy are my main concerns and I do believe those are the main points to whoever is looking for a free (as in freedom) phone. As I understand, those are the goals for UBports development, and that's why I'm supporting UBports.

    I don't like Whatsapp. Even more, I don't want facebook's software in any of my devices. If someone wants to send me a message s/he can use Telegram, or SMS, or even email.

    If you need to use Android apps, use an Android phone.
    If you want security, privacy, and freedom, use UBports.
    If you want something in the middle, use LineageOS.

    No sorry, nobody can command, what others have to use.
    In my case, I just need few android apps, that never would come as UT nativ apps. I'm also not interested in Whatsapp or Facebook, but there are also some good Android apps, that I want to use with Anbox on my UT!

    I hope and think, this is the best way and come true.



  • @RudiH, I'm not commanding, I'm suggesting.

    I'm sorry if I sounded imperative, that was not my intention (English is not my first language).

    Which are those good Android apps? Why can't we develop the UBports equivalents?



  • Like it or not, but Whatsapp has become most commonly used messenger and it is pretty much impossible to make people change it to something else like telegram or whatever. Our company has whatsapp groups for every team and pretty much all info is being send through whatsapp.

    So whatsapp is one app you pretty much have to use in todays world if you have friends or co-workers :)

    There are also few other apps i need to use at work to make my life easier.

    But android is just awful thing to use not to mention ios.

    Having android apps on Touch is a good thing. Don't use them if you don't need em.



  • @advocatux said in Android apps to run in UT?:

    @RudiH, I'm not commanding, I'm suggesting.

    I'm sorry if I sounded imperative, that was not my intention (English is not my first language).

    Which are those good Android apps? Why can't we develop the UBports equivalents?
    I think, everybody has his own or find his own favourite apps. Not every android app can be ported to UT, cause of copyrights and so. Think on SmartHome products. There are already so many android apps that can make use your phone nice and easy.
    Nobody have to use it, if he don't like it, but me and ohters want.



  • @jamesp, this is mostly a pointless discussion because Whatsapp is propietary software and Facebook don't want to facilitate an out-of-his-walled-garden app.

    You can try to develop a mostly compatible Whatsapp app... until Facebook changes something, or banned you, or whatever. Then people using that Whatsapp compatible app on UBports are going to be pissed off with UBports, not with Facebook.



  • @RudiH, as I'm understanding it this conversation can be summarised in these terms: Is it UBports a free software project or are we willing to fill it with proprietary software?

    My vote is for a free software project, needless to say.



  • @advocatux said in Android apps to run in UT?:

    @RudiH, as I'm understanding it this conversation can be summarised in these terms: Is it UBports a free software project or are we willing to fill it with proprietary software?

    My vote is for a free software project, needless to say.

    If you think only in this way... I'm sorry, I don't fellow you.



  • @advocatux said in Android apps to run in UT?:

    @RudiH, as I'm understanding it this conversation can be summarised in these terms: Is it UBports a free software project or are we willing to fill it with proprietary software?

    My vote is for a free software project, needless to say.

    How can it be bad thing if you have possibility to install Android apps? It's not like UT is going to come preinstalled with shitload of android apps.

    You think wine is bad and should not exist, because you don't like to use any of the win software on Linux?



  • @RudiH, fellow or follow? ;-)

    Honest question: Ubuntu is free software, Ubuntu phone was an attempt to develop a free software phone, UBports is the continuation of that effort. Why do you think UBports has to put work in develop proprietary software chunks?


  • Infrastructure

    Guys, lets come back to a technical point of view - opinions are not facts, but we only want to deal with facts here:

    • Anbox is a project aiming at the possibility to install Android apps
    • Anbox can be integrated into the phone because its just another container (as far as I know now)
    • We will try to integrate it, because we are curious to what is possible with that thingie, unless it takes too much effort, or changes heavily our internal architecture (access to hardware etc.). Or it proofs to be a resource hog.
    • If you want to install Anbox, you are free to do so. Period.
    • UBports will NOT implement unofficial clients/Apps of any kind, since that is a loose situation for our reputation.

    BR Florian



  • @jamesp, please don't attribute to me words I didn't say. In which place I've mentioned Wine?

    I'm all for freedom of choice, and whoever can run whatever software s/he likes, of course.

    That doesn't mean I'd like to see UBports putting time and effort in non-free software.



  • @Flohack, I completely agree with your point of view.


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