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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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