Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 25th May 2013 00:45 UTC
Google "So in summary... Google has pulled the plug on support on a protocol they've helped popularize, after years of promising interoperability, for reasons that are dubious at best, and in a way that leaves people who don't jump to the new Hangouts app unable to talk to their contacts without any feedback that their IMs aren't getting through... And they've done that with no warning to anyone. I imagine there's a bunch of people out there wondering where some of their buddies have gone, or why their messages aren't getting responses, because this isn't documented anywhere." Google really messed this up. Such a dick move.
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XMPP is no good for mobile
by soulrebel123 on Sat 25th May 2013 06:43 UTC
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Having worked on XMPP a little, I can tell you that it has two big problems for mobile:

1. it requires a long lived connection
2. it is verbose and wastes a lot of bandwidth.

Anyhow it is an extensible protocol and it could be fixed to a certain point, but most importantly basic functionality could be bridged between the XMPP and the new platform, so that text messages get through.

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