Re: Google Hangouts support

On 18 Oct 2017, at 16:53, Adrian Perez de Castro <aperez igalia com> wrote:

On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 14:21:34 +0100, Simon McVittie <smcv collabora com> wrote:
On Wed, 18 Oct 2017 at 11:42:40 +0300, pecisk gmail com wrote:
Is there any interest/desire to see Google Hangouts support in Empathy and
Telepathy? Or as Telepathy is on it's way out it is no interest?

Telepathy can't have Google Hangouts support unless someone
reverse-engineers the protocol (which is closed/proprietary, if I
understand correctly) well enough to write a "connection manager"
(protocol backend) for it. The design of Telepathy means that Empathy
would immediately get basic support for any protocol where a connection
manager exists; but writing that connection manager is a significant
amount of work.

There's the Telepathy-Hangups connection manager:

It hasn't received updates for years, but provided that it's just an adaptor
for Telepathy that uses the Hangups library, which is the one actually
implementing the Hangouts protocol, that maybe is not much of an issue. Also,
Hangups seems to be well maintained:

Hangups seems to work pretty stably and well, and there are several experimental matrix<->hangouts bridges 
out there via hangups. If someone finished one of them off it would be a very viable option.

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