Recently, WhatsApp has been rolling a new feature of their WhatsApp Web interface, allowing multiple (up to 4) devices accessing it at the same, even while the phone’s WhatsApp is offline. I.e. it is now possible to (at least) send and receive messages and attachment without need an Android running.
(and this also means, ((as soon as Sailfish’ native browser is mature enough)), it should be possible to have WhatsApp on a Sailfish phone without Aliendalvik being turned on).
There are now projects on GitHub, such as tulir’s WhatsMeow which have been adapted to this new multi-device API.
This means there would be hope again for native WhatsApp support on Sailfish OS:
- using whatsmeow it should be possible to resurrect past native apps effort - such as Mitakuluu (@coderus) and WhatsUp (cepiperez, @HtheB)
- adapting plugins such purple-gowhatsapp (currently works with the single device parent fork) to work with whatsmeow, could enable support WhatsApp in the native message app of Sailfish OS.
So, will there be an app dev crazy enough (and with enough free time) to try yet-another-native-whatsapp attempt?
(Of course, as usual with WhatsApp development: beware of number bans)