Android apps to run in UT?


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    @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?



  • 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.



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

    @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?

    Ubuntu tried and "failed". Perhaps it wouldn't have been such disaster if some work to run Android apps were taken and people could have used some of the familiar apps they were accustomed to.

    I wouldn't say it has to, but should. Boys from Sailfish did most of the work and shouldn't be too big of a task to implement it on UT?

    I wonder what is KDE Plasma Mobiles take on this matter?



  • @jamesp, I'm using Linux since late 90's. In all this time since then, many people have said some similar things to your "Perhaps it wouldn't have been such disaster if some work to run Android apps were taken and people could have used some of the familiar apps they were accustomed to."

    One notable example was Internet Explorer. Why develop another browser if everybody is running, and developing for, IE? Well, you know the History. Thanks FOSS developers.

    If we want a free (as in freedom), secure, and private phone we have to develop free software options.



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

    @jamesp, I'm using Linux since late 90's. In all this time since then, many people have said some similar things to your "Perhaps it wouldn't have been such disaster if some work to run Android apps were taken and people could have used some of the familiar apps they were accustomed to."

    One notable example was Internet Explorer. Why develop another browser if everybody is running, and developing for, IE? Well, you know the History. Thanks FOSS developers.

    If we want a free (as in freedom), secure, and private phone we have to develop free software options.

    Internet browser hardly compares to this. Anyone can make browser and no problems with that, but when it comes to closed proprietary software people are using and software company has no interest to make app for UT so you have to do what you must like it was with wine.



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

    Internet browser hardly compares to this. Anyone can make browser and no problems with that, but when it comes to closed proprietary software people are using and software company has no interest to make app for UT so you have to do what you must like it was with wine.

    It has everything to compare it to. Maybe you're too young to remember it, but everybody was grabbed by Internet Explorer and ActiveX.

    No, it wasn't an easy task to convince people that another way to do things were possible. But they did it.

    And yes, people thought they can't live without ActiveX the same way some people think there's no life outside some walled gardens.



  • @jamesp

    The Jedi side of mobile devices: It´s easy to fall for the dark side. Just because it´s convenient. Just because everyone else uses it, and I want to be like everyone else. Just because it´s hopeless to resist. In fact, human beings are just used to follow trends as this increases the chance of surviving.

    But from time to time there are people that want to be different. Sometimes they fail over and over again, but still the dont give up. So lets try to be different, and not start with what is not possible. Think about what IS possible today, and be positive.

    The more we start to try to be similar, just in a different way the more we will fail. Chance does not come from being similar, it comes from being different.

    That said, lets hope for Anbox. 🙂

    BR



  • Also one should remember that not all Android apps are proprietary. There is in fact a huge amount of free software available as Android apps, as well as all the bits and pieces used to run those apps are all free software. So I don't think the point of relating Anbox to proprietary and non-free software is in any way valid.


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