In case you do not know, if I am not a happy owner of a PineTab it is because it has not reached me yet. One of the reasons I decided to buy it was to try Ubuntu Touch without making a big outlay, and the PINE64 tablet is priced at less than € 90 if we don't count the shipping costs, so in June I jumped in and ordered one. From what I have investigated, Ubuntu Touch is a system with many restrictions, but more and more apps are available, such as TELEports which available in the OpenStore in beta phase.
Before continuing to talk about TELEports, I would like to answer the question (s) that some of you may be asking: what restrictions does it have? Ubuntu Touch and why have I bought the PineTab if so? UBports is developing the operating system with caution, and this means that it does not want the devices that use it to stop working due to carelessness on the part of the user, among other things, such as the two security systems that Miguel Menéndez explains in the comments of this article. For this reason, the store that you use to install apps is the OpenStore, where many of the applications are webapps. On the other hand, we can install packages from the official repositories through Libertine and other operating systems, such as PostmarketOS or Neon Mobile.
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TELEports, an unofficial Telegram client for Ubuntu Touch that arrives in beta and as a native app
Explained the above, UBports posted an article in which he talks about TELEports, which is nothing more than an unofficial Telegram client that they have created side by side with those responsible for the famous messaging app. Unlike this other option, TELEports it is a native app which can be used as such or as a web version. UBports says that currently the web version has more features because it is more up-to-date, but that the native version offers the most features and is better integrated with the operating system.
Among what we can do right now, in v0.8.1 that is labeled as BETA we have:
- Logically, the possibility of entering / identifying ourselves using our telephone number. Otherwise nothing would make sense.
- List of conversations, channels and even groups, something that has been available for a few months. Conversations with pending messages will show the balloon with the number in the same way that we see in the rest of the versions of Telegram.
- Stickers. Right now, it only supports fixed ones. The developer says that we must enter the web version if we want to see the animations. The stickers that we can use will be the ones that we have synchronized with our account, but remembering that the animated ones will not work until some future update.
- Saved messages. This is where we keep personal messages, very useful also if we want to send files from one device to another.
- Night mode. They do not mention exactly what it is, but everything seems to indicate that it will change the color of the interface from light to dark.
Created by UBports with advice and help from Telegram
If you enter the UBports information note and look at the captures, you will see that they are all in perfect Spanish. That's because the original article has been written by Miguel Menendez (@mimecar - here!), but we can already confirm that Spanish speakers will not have to worry about the translation at any time.
Although TELEports does not yet include the latest features, such as video calls, something logical if we consider that they have not even reached the web version, yes includes the latest version of tdlib, that is, of the libraries that Telegram provides to develop. This means that the functions will be arriving and using the app in Ubuntu Touch will be more and more similar to what we see when we chat in the desktop app. If it were not, and as I have said, you can install Telegram Desktop using Libertine, but be careful with this: the apps in the repositories are not as well adapted to touch screens, and less well adapted to phones, as are the apps of the OpenStore.
As a Telegram user and future owner of a PineTab, I am happy that UBports is developing TELEports, but it annoys me a bit: now I am more looking forward to receiving my tablet.
Updated article with part of the information that Miguel has provided about TELEports. You have more information and links in the comments of this article.