[Members] Google Android dropping XMPP in favour of own propiertary protocol?

Dave Cridland dave at cridland.net
Thu Feb 14 10:58:56 CST 2008


On Thu Feb 14 16:45:07 2008, Adam Nemeth wrote:
> 1) It's still obvious that it hurts XMPP's reputation, and the  
> interests of
> XMPP community in general.

This is certainly true, irrespective of:


> 2) It makes the Android platform LESS open: namely it binds the  
> instant
> messaging (and presence!) part, which I believe will be an  
> important factor
> of mobile communications in years to come ("Would you call me if  
> you'd know
> I'm away, at a meeting?"), and all applications built on the top of  
> that
> solution to one service provider: Google.
> 
> 
But it turns out, on closer examination, that this was always the  
intent.

http://code.google.com/p/android/issues/detail?id=201 includes an  
earlier "announcement" of the changes to come. Specifically, it's  
saying that they're only using it for IM and private services.

This is a bit of a wasted opportunity in itself, in fact.

Dave.
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