WhatsApp Beta coming next week for Nokia N9? [community project]

| March 16, 2012 | 42 Replies

Despite the huge support from the petition, Whatsapp is not coming officially to Nokia N9 yet. But it is coming in some form as the N9 community it seems are going to port WhatsApp themselves. The Beta supposedly is going to be available next week.


Source: MeeGoExperts

Cheers Rob G for the tip!


Category: Maemo, MeeGo, Nokia

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  • Michael Faro-Tusino

    It has been in the works for a while. The community project can be followed here

  • zack

    Whatsapp is a paid app after a year. Will this be free since it is an official app?

    • zack

      I meant to say unofficial. I have been using Whatsapp on my E6 and it is very useful to communicate with my family and friends. One thing that holding me from considering N9 is the lack of Whatsapp. So will it be paid or free as it is unofficial app?

      • Weirdfisher

        most likely free with donation option, as many otjer community projects

  • Did whatsapp want the project become official? No! They wouldn’t.. This is community project!

  • next project viber?

    • Daad

      . . .or Tango?

  • flyingbathtub

    @Zack: just have to buy the Whatsapp client once on a iDevice, that will gives you 10yrs licenese to use.

    • zack

      Rather than buying iDevice just to get a 10-year license I would rather buy a yearly license which is less than my lunch meal:)

    • incognito

      Wait, it’s a paid app (I mean on other devices)? ๐Ÿ˜ฎ

      Who the hell in his right mind would want to use that when there is already a plethora of IM protocols available for practically every platform (GTalk (and other XMPP-based IMs), Skype, Live Messenger, even ICQ/AOL/Yahoo!), including desktop availability, which are equally if not more competent and you don’t need to pay a dime for them? And it’s been like that for years.

      I still have hard time understanding why would anyone use a proprietary reinventing the wheel, let alone to pay for it. But I did sign a petition, and will support any software that appears on the N9 as I am aware some people just cannot live without those things, for whatever reason.

      • zack

        It is free but after a year you have to pay. I am still not paying though. Just would not mind to pay for USD0.99/year.
        It is very popular here in my country (Malaysia). The Symbian version is always on, you can’t shut it off so basically you know that your message will reach the recipient immediately. And it seems to consume less power.

        • yemko

          I usually close whatsapp completely using jbak taskman
          Whatsapp is listed in “All programs with rules”, by just ticking “kill by memory clean” with kill button…

      • zack

        To add my point. I think most Asians are getting richer and would not mind to pay:) I know people who spend money to play Facebook Zynga games!
        I think one of Apple’s contributions is affordable app. I have owned Palm, Windows Mobile and UIQ devices before and their apps were expensive. So people pirated stuff. Microsoft still charging expansive Windows but look what Apple has done for new OS upgrade.

        • incognito

          It has nothing to do whether people are rich or not – it’s completely mental to pay for things that you have for free, especially when free things are better and more spread, no matter how rich you are.

          And even if they were better, we should strive for standards, not proprietary solutions where with a downfall of a company/solution maker a complete market is left out in the cold. XMPP (especially the latest updates to it for scheduled package distribution etc.) is more than enough to cover pretty much anything and there are implementations of it for pretty much every platform imaginable. For free.

          • Saul

            I’m yet to come across a XMPP-based app that actually does the things whatsapp does.
            Have you actually used whatsapp or ebuddy*?
            I’d strongly suggest trying them…
            They’re not like the IM protocols you mentioned.
            For one it uses no un + pw it works by mobile no, & the differences don’t end there.

            I do agree with your sentiments though.
            All the whatsappp guys did was take XMPP and butcher it for their own ends.
            If there was a truly F/OSS solution to arise that had the same huge user base I’d gladly jump.

            *it’s decent on iOS/Android, but still needs more polishing on meego.

  • erzhik

    Maemo community doing what they do best.

  • Sam

    That link to the community is broken? Last time I read about this, I thought they had reached a stumbling block with regards to speaking to a whatsapp API guy..?

    • Michael Faro-Tusino

      TMO is down, link not broken :p

  • maria

    Is been on work for weeks/months. I read it on allboutn9 and maemo talk. I’m so thankful to the community! Good news for N9

  • sidharth

    hope Nokia makes it official for n9 in the future updates.

  • Heron

    Not bad. The N9 vs Lumia 900 purchase just got a little harder.

    • Weirdfisher

      haha nice one

      • jnokian8

        what do you mean nice one? i don’t know which way your leaning

    • Maybe

      Read something interesting here maybe this would make the choice easier….

      Have you ever wonder how is it feel having Lumia 800 experience on your N9?
      Or having Android/IOS UI on your N9?
      Let me introduce to you The Ultimate Experience of N9

  • Btw, nitdroid alpha version going to release soon! MNB, spread this news please!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    • D_G

      and what is nitdroid?

      • Weirdfisher

        android ics for n9

        • D_G

          should i get excited about that? i would rather have native apps..most people are not phone geeks so would not know how to install apps through other means unless its easy to follow…

          • Weirdfisher

            If you dont like it, just ignore it..
            but there’s still some ppl who would want dual boot between meego and ics.

            • jipang_menjerit

              well, get and android device is much more preferred solution for you.

              I’m sticking with meego ๐Ÿ™‚

  • nabs

    In my country, more than 80 percent of iphone owners hack their iphones to get free(pirated) apps.

  • hope it does not consume much battery power as symbian version does! otherwise i will advise my friend to use ebuddyxms!

    how come whatsapp does not add call feature?
    and how come skype does not support push notification technology?

  • Karan

    hi jay,

    the main problem i also see with whatsApp is the battery, i hope it gets sorted in the new version…

    my favourite Techdoll has something to say about Whatsapp…

  • niloofar

    like it

  • Bechara

    Still Waiting …;)

  • lolo

    wheeeeeen ??!!!!!

  • hamster

    is there a release date for whatsapp on N9 yet?

  • Ebrahem Alandijani

    I believe that the establishment of the program from scratch takes time
    Why Whatsapp . Co
    Why all this insistence on the update does not work for the particular Nokia device N9

  • Saul

    Getting this working nicely “unofficially” might finally be the impetus whatsapp needs to pull it’s finger out & support Maemo6x (MeeGo-Harmattan) users.

  • lolo

    16 for 30
    2 weeks
    too late
    please when ?!

  • Adrian

    When the fuck will it be out for the fucking Nokia N9!!!1 Its been months…for fuck sakes

    • Saul

      Are you dumb?
      Why would you post in ancient story to find your answer?
      If you’ve been keeping up-to-date w/MNB posts or in the thread/s at TMO.
      Then you would’ve had your answer long ago…
      Which is that it’s been out for over a freaking wk.
      And it’s been undated several times in that short time too.