WhatsApp for Ubuntu Touch will have to wait

BQ Aquaris Ubuntu Edition

At the moment phones with Ubuntu Touch do not have the possibility of developing basic applications such as WhatsApp

Bad news for those of you who have decided to take the step of buying a phone with the Ubuntu Touch system installed, Canonical has announced that so far it is not possible creating a WhatsApp application.

The main problem with Ubuntu Touch is that nor has a third-party application programming interfaceTherefore, today it is impossible to create certain types of applications since no third party can participate in their creation.

What I mean is that creating applications like WhatsApp It would only be possible that they were created from official Ubuntu developers, from Canonical they have said that to carry out this task they would need to work with larger providers.

The problem is that es like the whiting that bites its tail, vendors do not come because Ubuntu Touch has hardly any market share and Ubuntu Touch has no market share due to the lack of suppliers that can create competitive applications.

Since this system came out, they are having problems of this type since lacks all kinds of applications that in other systems 95% of users have WhatsApp installed, which slows the arrival of new users to this system.

From Canonical they are aware of this and for that reason they are going to prepare an application programming interface that could be ready for next year. Also going to launch a version of TextSecure for Ubuntu Touch, which has similar characteristics to WhatsApp but with much more security.

In my opinion as the batteries are not put, this system You can die without even starting to take off.
All this information was asked by users at the event Ubuntu questions and answers, if you know English and want to see in greater detail everything that was asked and everything that was answered, you have it here!.


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  1.   Ivan said

    It is hard to say, but until you can have Whatsap, I do not predict a good future for Ubuntu mobile operating system, because most people want mobile to surf the Internet and WhatsApp (I do not say it, many say it people); and one of the main drawbacks that magazines put to mobiles with Ubuntu is the lack of this application, so that unless they solve this problem, the system will not be able to take off.

    1.    azpe said

      Exactly, the lack of WhatsApp is weighing it down a lot because even though it has other messaging clients if everyone uses WhatsApp and few use the rest of the clients, so people do not pick up this mobile to speak to themselves.
      However it is a shame because otherwise it goes quite fluid and it promises a long-term support to avoid fragmentation, which as you know is the main problem with Android.
      regards

  2.   Juan said

    I do not understand what you mean when you say that Ubuntu does not have an api for the development of applications by third parties, when "ubuntu sdk" does, another thing is that WhatsApp developers do not deign to use it.

  3.   juanjofm said

    Use Telegram pussy !!

    Canonical cannot make a WhatsApp, the WhatsApp company has to. What I don't understand is why people keep using WhatsApp and not much better alternatives like Telegram. The whiting that bites its tail “if my friends don't use WhatsApp, neither do I” is resolved with personal initiative. This is how we are, with people still believing, for example, that we are in a democracy and that everything is beautiful until the bad guys come from the communists, chavistas and ISIS jihadists who have been created from "nothing" etc…. Too bad that there are still about 400 years to really start to change society ...

    1.    azpe said

      People are very sheep, you know, and they don't like changes unfortunately.
      regards

    2.    Hermenegildo said

      That you can not migrate to Telegram and leave the Joker, damn it !!

      That sometimes it seems that you live in another parallel universe, damn it! YOU CANNOT DISPOSE OF THE GUASA IF YOU INTEND TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE THROUGH THE MOBILE PHONE. And ball point. Neither my mother, nor my cuñaaaoooo, nor my teenage sister, nor of course my boss are going to stop using the Joker and use Telegram to chat with me. No. Wake up and stop saying calves. That just isn't going to happen. Never. There will have to be a "paradigm shift" that will revolutionize instant messengers again for something new to appear that will unseat WhatsApp, and no matter how many more functions Telegram has, no matter how secure TextSecure is (whose encryption, Axolotl, implemented the Guasa months ago, with what is now more secure than Telegram, which not only uses less convincing encryption for the cryptographic community but also does not encrypt point-to-point by default, only in "secret chats"), the paradigm today dictates W.

      No, we NEED the Guasa if we want to be able to communicate with everyone (or almost, that there are still some with mobiles of those that only serve to call and little else) our contacts and with future ones (how many aunts have given you their number in a gambling den and Have they told you "send me a telegram"?), not only with 4% of them (in my case, others will have 20% and others 0, but no one, statistically, has even a quarter of their Guasa contacts in the Telegram; that they do not intend to sneak us milongas), which are also not usually the most important (I have a lot of affection for my geek friends who send me horny TG bots, but they are not the most important people in my life, things as they are ).
      Damn, if even since W implemented the calls I am saving money!: I have changed my previous flat rate for a cheaper bonus of minutes, and the close to 200 MB that I had left almost every month of my data bonus I'm taking the opportunity to call on W. It doesn't work well with all my contacts, but with more than half it does, and above all, with almost all the important ones.
      Do you remember what happened to the Spanish "promise" that was called Spotbros? Encryption AES 256 when nobody offered it, I don't even know if there was Telegram, chat rooms, "shouts", HTML messages that allowed images and audio in a single message, almost like in the mail, 1 terabyte of space in the cloud ... In the end, he had everything to win, Guasa was not even close to him in terms of benefits. Today who remembers SB? I don't know if it still exists, but if it does, it must have a fairly marginal use. No, it is not enough to be better than the "king", and less if it is not entirely clear that you are because you do not have "killer features" such as calls or active point-to-point encryption for all conversations.

      No, seriously, stop treating "guasistas" as if they were morons. In this case it is not like Windows vs Linux; in this case it is true that today WhatsApp is more complete for the average user; and the average user does not search for bots or channels, nor send photos without reducing (for that he uses the mail); he prefers a thousand times calls and especially being able to communicate with almost all his contacts.

      1.    Hermenegildo said

        Sorry, I have posted the same message twice. Delete the one below, without regard, hehe.

  4.   juanjofm said

    PS: the explanation is wrong, it is not that Ubuntu Touch does not have a programming interface (API) but that WhatsApp does not have it. Only WhatsApp can make its applications while Telegram for example, in addition to being open source, has a very good API and anyone can make an application using that API. Like anyone could make a native Ubuntu Touch app for Facebook or Twitter, because they have public APIs.

  5.   Sergio Adrian Martinez Diaz said

    As a mortal user, I am not interested in whether it is the fault of Ubuntu or WhatsApp, what I want is to have WhatsApp, Linux users make me angry when they start to criticize and start to mention alternatives, I am not evangelizing my relatives, and not because I use telegram I will force them I don't want to be excluded and incommunicado either ...

    1.    Amir Torres (@amirtorrez) said

      Do you complain about linuxeros in a linux blog and a linux article? I understand your point, but the way you put it is somewhat silly, and being a "linuxero" is one thing and a "freedomboy" another.

    2.    Hermenegildo said

      If you get mad, make yourself look at it, seriously. It is not only good but essential to talk about alternatives, otherwise no one would have talked years ago that there was a free alternative to SMS called WhatsApp.
      No, you are totally wrong. It is very good to talk about the alternatives because it is the way to improve; what is absurd is to become dogmatic and pretend that we effectively migrate to Telegram; It is a fight against the elements that we know we are going to lose, because for our contacts to go to Telegram, it should not only incorporate the functions that W has, but, the most difficult thing, the mentality of the people would have to change and become More open; If that happens one day, the changes that will take place in society worldwide will be much more important than the use of this or that messaging protocol, by the way. For people to switch to TG, a change of mentality of almost sociological and philosophical dimensions would have to take place.

      Let's be more realistic and accept that Telegram is and will be a minority system, that some of us will use, that we will talk about it to our acquaintances who we know are more curious and more open-minded, but that most will not have any interest in installing more applications on their mobile and less if they serve in essence for the same as the one they already have.
      In short, let's be realistic and do not give the ember to the people so that they leave the Guasa, it is impossible.

    3.    Ricardo said

      Indeed, this text runs around, and I don't know who wrote it, but it's a lie. There is no whatsapp because the company does not want to, it can. In fact, if it is not done, it is not because of technical capacity, but because WhatsApp bans any unofficial app and those who have used it. This news is a FAKE, sorry to say so, but it is the truth.

  6.   Hermenegildo said

    That you can not migrate to Telegram and leave the Joker, damn it !!

    That sometimes it seems that you live in another parallel universe, damn it! YOU CANNOT DISPOSE OF THE GUASA IF YOU INTEND TO CONTINUE TO HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE THROUGH THE MOBILE PHONE. And ball point. Neither my mother, nor my cuñaaaoooo, nor my teenage sister, nor of course my boss are going to stop using the Joker and use Telegram to chat with me. No. Wake up and stop saying calves. That just isn't going to happen. Never. There will have to be a "paradigm shift" that will revolutionize instant messengers again for something new to appear that will unseat WhatsApp, and no matter how many more functions Telegram has, no matter how secure TextSecure is (whose encryption, Axolotl, implemented the Guasa months ago, with what is now more secure than Telegram, which not only uses less convincing encryption for the cryptographic community but also does not encrypt point-to-point by default, only in "secret chats"), the paradigm today dictates W.

    No, we NEED the Guasa if we want to be able to communicate with everyone (or almost, that there are still some with mobiles of those that only serve to call and little else) our contacts and with future ones (how many aunts have given you their number in a gambling den and Have they told you "send me a telegram"?), not only with 4% of them (in my case, others will have 20% and others 0, but no one, statistically, has even a quarter of their Guasa contacts in the Telegram; that they do not intend to sneak us milongas), which are also not usually the most important (I have a lot of affection for my geek friends who send me horny TG bots, but they are not the most important people in my life, things as they are ).
    Damn, if even since W implemented the calls I am saving money!: I have changed my previous flat rate for a cheaper bonus of minutes, and the close to 200 MB that I had left almost every month of my data bonus I'm taking the opportunity to call on W. It doesn't work well with all my contacts, but with more than half it does, and above all, with almost all the important ones.
    Do you remember what happened to the Spanish "promise" that was called Spotbros? Encryption AES 256 when nobody offered it, I don't even know if there was Telegram, chat rooms, "shouts", HTML messages that allowed images and audio in a single message, almost like in the mail, 1 terabyte of space in the cloud ... In the end, he had everything to win, Guasa was not even close to him in terms of benefits. Today who remembers SB? I don't know if it still exists, but if it does, it must have a fairly marginal use. No, it is not enough to be better than the "king", and less if it is not entirely clear that you are because you do not have "killer features" such as calls or active point-to-point encryption for all conversations.

    No, seriously, stop treating "guasistas" as if they were morons. In this case it is not like Windows vs Linux; in this case it is true that today WhatsApp is more complete for the average user; and the average user does not search for bots or channels, nor send photos without reducing (for that he uses the mail); he prefers a thousand times calls and especially being able to communicate with almost all his contacts.

  7.   carlos ferra said

    I use Facebook messenger a lot from my cell phone to communicate, although I have a Samsung Android and I have WhatsApp.

  8.   manuel said

    Learn to write, man. Even if it's the basics.