[jdev] Google Androïd SDK not XMPP compliant ?

Peter Saint-Andre stpeter at stpeter.im
Thu Feb 14 13:24:03 CST 2008

biojab biojab wrote:
> http://code.google.com/android/migrating/m3-to-m5/m5-api-changes.html#gtalk

First of all, don't panic.

As I understand it from one of the Android team members, they have been
using XMPP communications (sent only via the Google Talk service) as a
way for developers to debug their code by sending handset-to-handset
messages. This usage was quite limited and the server was hardcoded to
talk.google.com for that reason. This package was never intended for
broader use, e.g. as a general messaging service that could be used for
all the things we're familiar with from the XMPP universe (presence, IM,
RPC, Jingle, etc.). Naturally if developers want a more robust messaging
service that they could hook up to their own XMPP servers, they could
simply use a full XMPP library (a likely candidate is Smack, since
Android is all Java all the time).

Since Android was never doing anything very extensive with XMPP, it's
not exactly the end of the world that they are more clearly labelling
this package as a GTalk-only debug channel.

Now, whether it would be better for Android in the long run if they were
doing something more extensive with XMPP is another question... :)


Peter Saint-Andre

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