Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Xabber is released under GNU GPL v3

Hello everybody, this one is brief.

Like we promised, we have released sources of Xabber on Github under GNU GPLv3 license. Updated version was also uploaded to Google Play, it features slight improvements to MUC. Perhaps we should also update screenshots of Xabber interface, especially this one.

I also express our sincere gratitude to all members of open source movement and especially all our followers on twitter for their support. It really helps, you know.

We have also planted an easter egg in source code. First one to find it out and report to @xabber_xmpp will get a special reward. :) 

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Resolutions for 2013

Hello all,

As you may have heard, we are planning to release source codes of Xabber this month. I believe we should share our vision of future of Xabber. There are three main objectives before us:

  • Redesign with new Android design guidelines in mind. We love menu button, but powers that be chose otherwise. So, no menu button, holo-like theme support, action bar (or close resemblance of it);
  • Tablet version. This one is a long-time planned. It was postponed due to utter ugliness of all Android 3.0 tablets, but this has finally changed. Xabber in tablet mode would look alot like Gajim run in single window mode — contact list as you currently know it on the left side of screen, current conversation on the right;
  • Support for other protocols but XMPP via plugins. This move is rather controversial and will piss off many XMPP zealots (disclamer: I'm one of them too), but the reality is such that main IM network today is Facebook. I get lot's of msgs on that network and since i do get them anyway, I want a decent client to chat with.
We are also contemplating making a client for iOS. Someone finally has make a good XMPP client for those poor Apple users!