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Yandex.Store client for Sailfish OS

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PostPosted: Friday, 03.Jan.2014 13:34    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

After some use of my new Jolla, I have to say that yandex store is not as complete as I'd like it to be. I thought about Android compatibility being a nice add-on to get some applications for e.g. public transport or car sharing or whatever else that are only provided for iPhone and Android so far.

Unfortunately those apps are not only provided for Android only, you also can find them in Googles Play Store only. So yandex store client is of minor use for me.

I was able to install Google Play Store on my Jolla though (following this tutorial: http://www.jollatides.com/2013/11/29/jolla-how-to-access-google-play/) and was able to install those apps mentioned above. Almost all of them work flawlessly and so the android compatibility does provide exactly what I expected from it. It's also nice to play some games like Cut-The-Rope on Jolla now.

Still I'd always prefer the native application over the android one (as for Whatsapp for example), i.e. for those apps that have to be integrated more. For games and such small/simple apps I think it doesn't really matter and so for now I really like the Android compatibility.
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PostPosted: Friday, 03.Jan.2014 19:16    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

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I was able to install Google Play Store on my Jolla though (following this tutorial: http://www.jollatides.com/2013/11/29/jolla-how-to-access-google-play/) and was able to install those apps mentioned above. Almost all of them work flawlessly and so the android compatibility does provide exactly what I expected from it. It's also nice to play some games like Cut-The-Rope on Jolla now.

For BlackBerry BB10 (where until recently also a hacked version of Google Play store client and Services had to be used to access Google Play) someone has just made a NATIVE Cascades Google Play client called Snap. Works like a charm, gives full access to all Google Play apps, and makes possible not only to directly install but also to download and store .apk files. Shows description, screenshots, and everything else. All you need to enter to use it is any valid gmail email address, and Snap automatically generates an Android device ID required by Google Play based on Blackberry phone's device ID.

So I guess that someone could also make a native Sailfish OS client for Google Play.

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Still I'd always prefer the native application over the android one

Well, unfortunately, the situation still hasn't changed. Paid apps still aren't supported, and - what's even worse - Jolla still doesn't accept in their store all those important Qt modules (like QtPositioning, Location, Sensors, SystemInfo, etc) without which one cannot make any advanced native application - that's why the store only contains some notepads, calculators and To-do apps for now. Even if I wanted to release all my apps for free, without support for these modules I can't do it, and I guess that there are many other projects in the same situation...

Today I'm finishing my port of GeoCoder for Sailfish (I'll post screenshots later) and then - until Jolla loosens their restrictions - I am switching to BB10 development, because on Sailfish OS I am only wasting time making apps that I cannot release in any foreseable future...
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PostPosted: Friday, 03.Jan.2014 23:36    Post subject:   Reply with quote   

A native Google Play store app would really be cool. Never thought about it yet ...

But wouldn't it also be possible to create a native Sailfiish App store that supports apps of your kind? It could even support simple payment with PayPal or donations.

I'd really love to see your apps available through any distribution channel.
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A native Google Play store app would really be cool. Never thought about it yet ...

The one for BB10 looks and works really cool. A similar native client for Sailfish OS would be really useful...

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But wouldn't it also be possible to create a native Sailfiish App store that supports apps of your kind? It could even support simple payment with PayPal or donations.

Sure it's doable... Or, alternatively, some other app store (e.g. Opera) could add support for Sailfish OS... A few months ago I even suggested it to them on Twitter (along with adding support for Harmattan after Nokia announced dropping it from the Ovi Store) but no one from Opera bothered to even just respond.

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I'd really love to see your apps available through any distribution channel.

Whichever comes first, please be sure that I will make all my apps available through it...
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