Apps for Ubuntu Touch

Last post I started talking on my project to try out to use a Ubuntu Phone as my primary phone. I have not that many applications and functions that I must have on my primary phone, I still have Android tablets, my work phone and so on …

But these are the critical things that I’m so used to have with me all the time, these things are important.

Pebble - I love my Pebble smartwatch and this was one of the things that I researched before I bought the phone. The project RockWork adds support for most Pebble smartwatches.

Work E-mail and Calendar (Exchange from Office365) - I do not need 2-way sync, just a mechanism to get the meetings to my phone (and then into my Pebble), for mail I can use IMAP, I’m already using it today because I like to use Thunderbird.

Personal E-mail and Calendar - This is simple because I have control on both sides and I’m using open source software so I expect this to work out of the box.

Podcasts - My morning compute is 15 minutes walk, buy coffee, take the subway and then 25 minutes walk. Most days I walk the opposite way on my way home. So there are a over an hour each day that I spend listening to podcasts while I walk/rides the subway.

Slack - It has been an important tool at work and the fact that I have a client in my pocket has saved me several times, and of course it’s nice to be notified on my Pebble.

This are the important one that I need to address before I can consider it my primary phone. I will post my findings here later on, if I need to make an application myself, or setup some type of gateway, no problem as long I get my functionality. I’m willing to suffer a little to try out the phone.

There are of course other applications that I use, that are important but not that important.

Hangouts - Text and pictures will do, never uses voice or calls. I have a lot of friends and colleagues that uses Hangouts to it’s really nice to have. I can live with the inconvenience to have it on my work phone.

Twitter - I read in bed and sometimes when I commute, really nice to have. But do not really need it on my primary phone, the work phone will do just fine. But if I find a nice client I will of course use it.

BankID/Swish - Used to send money, really popular and convenient way to pay friends when we are out eating. Not that important and I have no real hopes to see this on Ubuntu Touch any year soon, the work phone will do for now!

My bank app - Work phone will do, do not use it that often, but it’s really nice to have to pay bills (ORC scanning).

Jabber client - Good chance to get this one working I guess consider that it’s an open protocol. Really not that important, uses it just a few times a week.

Firefox - I will really miss Firefox. I have been using it on Android for some time now and I will miss it on Ubuntu Touch, I hope that we will see a port for it in the future.

LastPass - Not that important for me, I can login to the apps in front of a computer.

ownCloud - I use the app for filesync of my pictures, this is a easy one to replace. If there are no good apps, I can always just make a cronjob with rsync :) I love that the phone has a real OS!

Various apps that I seldom use, like Uber, YouTube, Skype, and so one are good candidates for my work phone, or possible my Nexus 7 tablet.

Let get the project started, my plan is to migrate to the Ubuntu Phone in a few days!