Kontalk 3.0 alpha1 status

Published: 2014-01-31 14:56:21 by Daniele Ricci

We are almost there. There are still a few more things left, but the big tasks have been completed. As you can see from the git log these last days have been very full of work for me.

In the last two weeks Kontalk XMPP client has grown really fast, still I'm not yet sure what the date of the first alpha release will be. I'd like to say the 9th, but there is still a big open point about a possible bug on Android versions 2.x in its SSL implementation which is quite critical for successful login to the XMPP server1.

The first alpha version will have a basic invitation system, enhanced PGP encryption featuring 2048-bit RSA keys (GnuPG not ready for ECC yet, sorry), typing notifications, a new Emoji input mode, a lot of other performance improvements and bugfixes not found in the 2.x series.

The only thing missing will be attachments: there are still some things left to do server-side, so the "buttons" will be available but they will not work at first. Also blocking a user will not be available in this first alpha release.

In the mean time, I'm working together with the XMPP standards team to write a push notifications XEP draft which is being discussed these days also at the XMPP summit at FOSDEM (which I unfortunately couldn't attempt to).

Stay tuned.


  1. after recent tests I can confirm that the issue can't be reproduced. 

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