Published: 2014-08-31 17:41:04 by Daniele Ricci
WARNING! Version 3.0 is not compatible with version 2.x, meaning that users from both versions will not be able to chat with each other. However, the upgrade from 2.2.9 to 3.0 will keep your messages intact.

You've been waiting for it for a very long time, here we are at last, announcing the first beta release of Kontalk 3.0. There was a lot of work behind this release and I hope it will work well enough and meet your expectations.

For people coming from the 2.x series, there is a lot of new stuff in this version:

  • new XMPP protocol
  • full PGP asymmetric encryption
  • invitation system and blocking users
  • media encryption
  • new full set of emojis by Emojicon

A complete changelog is available on the GitHub release page here (although this changelog is from version alpha7):

https://github.com/kontalk/androidclient/releases/tag/v3.0-beta1

This new release is already available on Google Play beta channel and will be available on F-Droid very soon. F-Droid users will need no special action, however Google Play users are required to either join the Kontalk Android client community1 on Google+ or subscribe to the kontalk-devel2 or kontalk-users3 groups. Once you've done that, go to this page:

https://play.google.com/apps/testing/org.kontalk

And click become a tester. Wait a few hours and you'll have the update straight on Google Play.