How to install the alternative Open Store on Ubuntu Phone

open storeThe problem with Ubuntu Phone at the moment is the applications. Apps are very important on any mobile device and for this reason we have to go back to talking about WhatsApp, the most used mobile messaging application in the world that is not available for Canonical's mobile operating system. The solution to these software problems can come from the community and software such as open store, an alternative app store.

Canonical's Michael Zanetti was the one who created this alternative store for hacks, developer tools and to be able to test some apps. Zanetti's initial idea was to create a separate channel with developer tools with included components for hacks, but he also came to the conclusion that it would be much easier for users to install and run all the options available in an alternative store.

What does the Open Store offer?

For users who have jailbroken an iPhone on occasion, you could say that Open Store is like Cydia. In both alternative stores we can find software that is not allowed in official stores because they do not meet the minimum security requirements or because they could cause system instability. That said, if we use this type of software we have to be clear that there is the possibility of encountering unexpected problems, such as application closures, general performance decrease or reboots, at the same time that we can compromise the security of our data.

How to install Open Store on Ubuntu Touch

  1. To install this alternative store, the first thing we have to do is access this website and install the file.
  2. Once installed, we have to open the Teminal app and go to the downloads folder using the command cd ~ / Downloads (or cd ~ / Downloads).
  3. Next, we will long press and paste the following command to install the .click package:
pkcon install-local --allow-untrusted
  1. Once the process is finished, we return to the scope of Apps, we slide to refresh and Open Store should appear.

In this alternative store there are many interesting applications, such as Loqui IM, an application that promises support for Whatsapp. In any case, WhatsApp usually blocks users who use unofficial applications, so it is better not to get your hopes up.

What do you think of Open Store? Have you found interesting software for you?

Via: omnibuntu.

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  1.   Rafa said

    I have tried Loqui IM for whatsapp but it doesn't work well. It recognizes the chats and downloads the messages but encrypted, so there is nothing to read.

    Tested on BQ Aquaris E5.

    A greeting.