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Wazapp brings WhatsApp to Nokia N9

by on Oct.16, 2012, under N9, Nokia

 

Wazapp for N9The long waiting has an end! After months of ambitious development, Tarek Galal has published today a first public beta (v.0.1.6) version of the ported messaging client.
The beta version contains basic features like single conversations (limited group-chats), chat log, contact synchronization, account manager and notifications.

The main aim is to have a fully functional single conversations feature. You might think it’s not much, but by fully functional I mean having those single conversation built on top of an almost complete core of the app. So we’d have notifications, settings interface, chat logging, connection monitoring, delivery statuses, presence updates, contacts management and others. – Tarek Galal
Wazapp is WhatsApp for Nokia N9
How does Wazapp work?
The original WhatsApp is a cross-platform instant messaging application available for several smartphone platforms. Contacts which use the same messenger can be imported by using the “Sync Contacts” button. Afterwards it is possible to send and receive messages similar to SMS, using your mobile data plan (what is a lot cheaper).
Wazapp keeps running minimized in the background when you close the application. Therefore you won’t miss new messages which are shown with a notification. To completely stop Wazapp (including background activities) you can click “Quit” within the application.
How to install Wazapp?
1. Download and install the latest Wazapp beta from wazapp.im (you don’t know how to install 3rd party software? Please read more here
2. Start Wazapp and enter registration information, country code (e.g +41) and your phone number without a 0 (e.g  0 791234567)

3. Wait to receive registration number via SMS. You may have to enter it manually or use one of the offered methods. If you get an error like “fail-too-recent::39” it means that you have to wait 39 minutes until you can try to register again. Be patient, if it doesn’t work you should try again later.
4. Choose an user name and you are ready to “Wazapp”! Don’t forget to sync your contact list.
What will be added in the future?
Emoji for WazappFuture versions of Wazapp will include fully functional group chats, sending and receiving media files, use Emoji smiley and a possibility to block/unblock contacts.
What are the limits of this version?
Group chats are only supported partially. If you are already in an active conversation group, you can receive and send messages. But it is not yet possible to create or join a group conversation.

Media files can’t be sent or received. In case a contact sends you a media file (picture, video) you won’t receive any message or notification with Wazapp.

Smileys (Emojis) cannot be received. The current version of Wazapp will show them as little rectangles.

If you find any bugs or want to follow the discussion about Wazapp, please have a look at talk.maemo.org.
How to update my Wazapp version?
Shortly after the initial release of Wazapp a new version got published on the website. There won’t be any update notification at this moment. You need to push the “Quit” button within the application (IMPORTANT) and next can re-install/download the new version from wazapp.im. To find out what version you have installed, click “About” and your version number is shown (e.g Version 0.1.8)
Use the “Quit” button is important because otherwise background services won’t and the update can’t be installed properly.
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How to: Get disk space back on C: on the Nokia N8 or similar

by on Sep.05, 2012, under N8, Nokia

Here we are again. A few years on from the N97 system disk fiasco, we find many Nokia N8 owners running into similar disk space problems on disk C:, i.e. the internal system disk. Admittedly, the problems are nowhere near as severe as on the N97, but it’s still worth a few words and suggestions on how to remedy a gradually filling disk C…

On the ill-fated N97, the biggest problem was that there was about 50MB too little space to play with to begin with. After six months of life, with a few application updates and email use, the free space dwindled to near zero, with predictable catastrophic effect on the operating system’s operation!

With newer devices like the N8, with bigger system disk, the problem is a lot less severe, but with Qt updates and other system components being added in cyclically, there’s a real danger that space might get worryingly low if you don’t know what you’re doing. And with that in mind, let’s make sure that you know all the tricks and techniques needed:

 


NB. The exact settings paths and menu options below are from a Nokia N8 running Belle, but I’ve tagged this piece for older Symbian handsets since the general principles apply just as equally. Be aware that exact menus and settings will vary slightly!

NB2. Although nothing should go wrong when fiddling with files and settings below, this is a good time to remind you to do regular syncs of your data (to desktop or cloud) and to do regular backups (to desktop or microSD). You can never have too many copies of your data. And make sure you’ve got all relevant passwords written down – just in case!


 

1. Put all non-critical apps on mass memory

This sounds obvious, but it’s surprisingly easy to switch your Nokia Store installation preference to install to ‘C:Phone Memory’, for installing a theme or always-on background utility*, and then forget to switch it back to ‘E:Mass memory’ afterwards.

* Because your mass memory (E:) and microSD card (F:) get locked out whenever you plug your phone into a desktop or laptop computer, anything that simply has to be always available does actually need to be installed on C: It’s why most Nokia core updates always go to C: directly, without asking you.

  1. Check that your install preference is set up properly now by going into the Nokia Store and then tapping on the account icon. Scroll down and tap on ‘Installation preferences’.
  2. Go into Settings>Installations>Already installed and look down the list for any (obviously non-Nokia) items that don’t have a little ‘memory card’/disk icon besides them. Such applications may well have been installed onto disk C: by mistake – I found several in my case (SPB TV, shown below). Long press on each and ‘Remove’ them, then re-install from the Nokia Store now that your correct preference is in place.

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2. Clear out your email

No, I don’t mean delete messages – you’ll want to keep all these on the appropriate (IMAP/Exchange/webmail) server, of course. The problem is that Nokia Email keeps all sorts of old messages and miscellaneous files and attachments all squirrelled away in a tortuous system folder structure. And however much it tries to do so efficiently, there’s an inevitable build up of ‘cruft’. Luckily there’s a painless way to clear all this out and reclaim, typically, between 10 and 25MB of space in one fell swoop:

  1. Go into Email and then Settings. Long press on your email address/mailbox name and choose ‘Delete mailbox’. Confirm the deletion.
  2. Resist the temptation to add it back in again immediately. Wait 10 minutes. Go and have a cup of tea, etc. Background processes are even now clearing out the mailbox’s files. If you keep an eye on disk C: in File manager, you’ll see the free space gradually rising.
  3. Choose ‘New mailbox’ and add your email account back in again. You’ll lose a few MB from the initial sync and download, but you’ll still be up to 20MB better off.

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3. Empty out your Web browser cache (and more)

As with any computer, clearing your browser’s cache of visited sites and images can give a big short term gain of free space, though of course, it’ll all gradually fill up in normal use again.

The easy way to do this is to:

  1. Go into Web and tap on the menu icon and then on ‘Settings>Privacy’.
  2. Tap on the ‘Clear privacy’ line and then on the ‘Cache’ bullet point – the UI’s not too obvious at this point, but the browser cache does get immediately deleted.

The hard way to do this is to use a tool like X-plore to delve into the system folder as shown below and delete the appropriate cache folder manually. The advantage of this approach is that there are numerous other system cache and temporary file areas that are worth zapping if you’re desperate for short term disk space back. Just be careful – only go down this road if you know what you’re doing! By deleting the wrong folder it’s possible to stop normal operation of the phone and then you’re into option 5, below!

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4. What else?

It goes without saying that you’ll have checked that you don’t have any large documents, music or media files stored on disk C: – the basics of file management can be done using either File manager or Photos, as appropriate – this is basic smartphone/computer use. If you’re in doubt as to what’s clogging up your C: disk, long press it in File manager and choose ‘Details’. Images, videos, documents, all get itemised.

5. Last resort

As a last resort, you can always do appropriate backups and syncs and then use *#7370# in the dialler screen to wipe your phone. Then rebuild/reinstall as needed (i.e. Sw_update, latest Store, latest Maps, set up email again, sync back on your PIM data, reinstall third party applications) – we’re talking an hour of work at least though and there’s the possibility that you’ll miss something important, so treat this very much as a last resort and for people who a) know what they’re doing and (like me) b) secretly enjoy the ‘set up from scratch’ process!

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In my case, and the prompt for writing this tutorial, I was down to 17MB free on C: and, after doing steps 1 to 3 above, I got up to 60MB free, a massive improvement – and no need to go to step 5 at all.

If you try any or all of the above, comments welcome on their efficacy in your case – how much did you gain?

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