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!