I'm also pretty sceptical of the decision to make #Signal the default SMS app. I'm aware that of the #FreeCode chat apps that support both text and voice/ video, all are either walled gardens (eg Signal, #Wire, #Keybase) or painfully bleeding edge (eg #Riot, #Jami, #Tox, #Delta.chat). But I've discussed the reasons for my mistrust of the Signal and the cult-of-personality around it's founder at length.
@strypey correct, it doesn't support it yet. But they've got funding and are now working on realtime voice and video 🔈 📽️
#Groupchat has been polished recently; it seems decent enough for me. Haven't started groups that often though so wouldn't know. Have you run into issues?
It's my app of choice since I don't videocall much, so I was thinking it'd work for others once that's implemented. After all it's the only decent federated solution out there 🤔
@strypey I tried #Riot a while ago, but the UX was still a bit ugly—I mean it looked great except for the "loading..." spinner that kept showing up on top and blocked me from doing anything else till it was done
But I guess it's time I took another look 🗨️ 👀
I'd prefer #Conversations on a#BoringPhone though: I'd be more likely to message individuals rather than groups
> I'd be more likely to message individuals rather than groups
Fair point, given that the target is a replacement for the #SMS app. But what Signal does that neither Riot nor Conversations currently does is default to SMS when the correspondent doesn't have Signal. Another app they could use is #Silence, a fork of Signal that just implements the SMS and encrypted text (Silence>Silence), but you'd need another app for encrypted voice chat.
@strypey ahh yes, that's an important point I didn't think of!
Ideologically, I'd prefer Silence in that case, since it doesn't rely on a centralised server. But it would be too expensive unless people had a good messaging plan (while others just need a good data plan).
I just hope MAM (message archive management, for synchronisation of messages) works properly. #Pidgin can't do it since it stores messages in flat-file format rather than a database; I'm just hoping that's a Pidgin thing and not a libpurple thing.
Waiting with bated breath for this to come out... 🤞
@strypey okay, that's nice to know! Purple would be perfect then; it already has plugins for things like Telegram (and Slack and WhatsApp if one wants to go that way).
@strypey oh yes, one of my friends has complained of that too. I thought it was a Gajim <-> Conversations issue, but I may be mistaken.
@strypey Isn't delta.chat was email-based? I'd assume voicemail is just sending the audio as an attachment ✉️ 📎
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