Ubuntu phone apps


#1

I have the ubuntu phone and like it. I need instagram to have a camera in it as yet it does not.

Hope some body could help


#2

Unfortunately, that’s unlikely to happen. Instagram does not allow apps made by other people to add photos to Instagram itself; only their own official apps. And they have not done an official Instagram app for Ubuntu phone.


#3

(I’m told that there are some developers who have reverse-engineered the Instagram API and are therefore able to make unofficial third-party apps; it would therefore be possible to build an Ubuntu app to do it, but nobody’s done so. Of course, such an app would be at risk of shutdown by Instagram themselves.)


#4

I do hope it comes with next ubuntu phone update…as i use instagram


#5

I NEED instagram,if apple can…android can …windows can…and Ubuntu can’t
This seems totally wrong and makes the ubuntu smartphone a bit of bad news
John greenwood


#6

I agree. However, see above; Ubuntu can’t make it happen, only Instagram can. You might want to send them an email asking them to support Ubuntu …


#7

If I could find a way to contact instagram this would be possible


#8

Yeah, just make sure you include a ~ÂŁ50K cheque with the eMail .:smirk:


#9

At least :slight_smile:


Back when I first tried using Ubuntu back in about 2008 I did find the wine project provided a very useful way for me to get comfatable using Ubuntu. I think the Open Source community needs a Wine for Android to run on other distros (+ and a “Google Play Services” clone as well).


#10

You’re not the first person to suggest this. Chrome now contains ARC, a thing which allows running Android apps inside Chrome. The basic division here is: do we say “Android is popular, so let’s run its apps”, or “running apps from a different OS inhibits the takeup of our OS, so don’t run them”? And I can see both sides of that argument…


#11

Yeah. That’s a tough call to make.

Though… if a platform came along that let you, in a nice way, run apps from Android, FirefoxOS and a few other mobile platforms… that would be cool all by itself.


#12

I’m not a super expert in mobile Apps so take what I say with a pinch-of-salt, however (if I can do a shameless quote-mine):


I think people want want a thing that can run apps.
I think being able to run propriety apps for other platforms on your platform shows how awesome the current platform is, if it needs apps written for it specially then I think that ditracts from the awesomeness of the platform.

+1 but as someone that isn’t a super Linux Java/C++ dev, I can only imagine the chalenges and difficulties of implementing it.

Also the owners of other platforms won’t take too kindly to having their app ecosystems running on other OSs


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