Franz Messaging Client Brings HipChat, TweetDeck and Gmail to Ubuntu
Franz is a desktop messaging app that is sort of like a web browser for social media and messaging services and it just received a huge update that added more popular web services to its app list. It is built on the extensible Electron framework and can be run on all the major desktop OSes.
With Franz, you can connect to a good number of popular services like WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, Slack, Skype, Telegram and Hangouts.
Franz 3, even though it is presently in beta, has added more services to its list of supported apps, including:
One of the new features that has been added to the app is a settings section that has options to clear cache, pick a language, and register your e-mail address to get product announcements (which is not compulsory for you to do).
The update also brought some bug fixes regards to Linux specific fixes such as addressing errant Linux system tray behaviour, and seemingly missing notifications on Ubuntu 16.04 LTS.
The update also includes visual changes too. You can now choose to have an all-icon tab bar; when any services are muted, they appear ‘greyed out’ but still display a message count; and the Linux system tray icon is now available in both light and dark variants.
The team behind the app have also shared some encouraging stats.
According to the development team, Franz has been installed over 270,000 times and it has 90,000 weekly users that are active! It comes to us as no surprise how WhatsApp is the most popular service, followed by Facebook’s Messenger and then Skype.
Download Franz Messaging App
The Franz app is free to download for Mac OS X, Windows and Linux and even 32-bit desktops. Download Franz for Linux (Beta) from their site and proceed to extract it when the archive is fully downloaded. You should know that Franz is not distributed as an installable image so you are to just run it directly from its binary file.
After you’ve extracted the ‘Franz-linux’ folder, double-click on the file named ‘Franz‘ to launch the app.
To keep the app accessible, right-click on the Franz icon that appears in your Unity Launcher and select ‘Lock to launcher’. Remember not to accidentally delete the Franz folder.