Text messaging on the OpenMoko platform

Sergio Bessa sergio.bessa at ideavity.com
Tue Feb 6 10:56:37 CET 2007

Just a comment abou Jabber usage.

As most of you might know there are transports that make it possible to 
connect to MSN / ICQ .... through Jabber and that is being used by 
several companies to leverage IM services compatible with legacy systems.
I'm currently working with one myself :) I'm using Ejabberd as a Jabber 
server and have PyMSNt allowing our users to connect to their MSN 
contacts through our service.
What if we could have Jabber support in OpenMoko and use some sort of 
transport/relay to connect to legacy protocols? Don't you think this 
would work? This way wwe only needed one protocol implementation.


Sergio Bessa
Jani-Matti Hätinen wrote:
> 	Hi,
> I just wanted to chime in on the discussion about IM support and text 
> messaging in general. For clarity's sake I'll start a new thread with a 
> relevant subject line.
> First of all I'd like to say that, at least here in Finland integrated IM 
> protocol support would be the killer application for a mobile phone. IM is 
> pretty much ubiquitous among young people here, with MSN and IRC as the two 
> major protocols used.
>   That said, just slapping some kind of IM support onto a touchscreen phone 
> isn't going to automatically turn it into the next must-have gadget. In fact, 
> I'd daresay that people will have pretty steep expectations for something 
> like this. Such as:
> On the feature side:
>  - Integration so that the used network platform becomes a minor detail and
>    messages are organised in more relevant ways (as mentioned in this list
>    earlier).
>  - A UI which scales to a considerably higher number of messages and a
>    considerably higher frequency of messaging events in comparison to current
>    phones.
>  - Support for as many messaging protocols as possible. (Jabber is nice, but
>    in the real world no-one uses it and they most certainly aren't going to
>    switch. I'd quess that the most important protocols are SMS, e-mail, MSN,
>    IRC and AOL/ICQ, with Skype, Jabber/GoogleTalk and MMS being a bit
>    less important)
> On the input side:
>  - An on-screen qwerty keyboard for two-thumb input in landscape orientation
>  - A traditional on-screen phone keypad for one-thumb input in portrait
>    orientation
>  - Clear visual feedback of each keypress on both keyboards (the iPhone-style
>    of showing a bigger pop-up above the button just pressed is a good starting
>    point, possibly accompanied by some kind of halo effect)
>  - A touchscreen and cpu which can keep up with kids' fingers (meaning
>    something like 3-5 keypresses/second all with instant visual feedback)
> P.S. Sorry about the earlier double posts. It seems that GMail has implemented 
> a nifty new feature which silently deletes all incoming messages which have 
> been sent through the same GMail account. (Thus meaning that the only way to 
> see if my mails actually reach the list is to search through the archives or 
> wait for someone to answer them)

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