imho, purism should devote zero resources to compatibility with whatsapp. Whatsapp is owned by a toxic company that is very actively trying to destroy personal privacy, security, freedom–every ideal that purism has.
Purism is a small company, with relatively miniscule resources compared with the big tech companies, and facebook, a company with billions and billions at its disposal, actively tries to make whatsapp incompatible with linux devices like the librem 5.
As has already been mentioned here, to use the desktop client, a person must have the android or iphone app installed, turned on, and connected to the internet. Why? To make their spyware more effective. Please, reflect for a moment on how egregious this policy is. Also, some android apps use google’s SafetyNet feature in the google play store, which makes it impossible for most users to install such apps in virtual machines such as anbox. So, at any time, facebook could make whatsapp practically incompatible with anbox.
Why would purism devote any resources to supporting a toxic app that is actively trying to not be supported, and which could defeat such efforts at any time through SafetyNet? Of course they shouldn’t. If whatsapp wants to be supported, it would be easy enough for facebook to make a responsively-designed linux client.
For those trapped in the whatsapp ecosystem, I feel for you. I hope, for your benefit, that whatsapp works well on anbox or that facebook releases a responsive linux app. But we are all trying to get free from toxic technology in one way or another, and purism is doing groundbreaking work toward that goal. Diverting precious resources away from that groundbreaking work toward creating hacky compatibility with whatsapp would be a fool’s errand and a waste of those resources.
Just my two cents