Chat services are as versatile as they are practical. Services like Google Talk and Facebook Chat are used every day by millions. Today's Daily App connects to multiple chat accounts so you can easily connect to multiple people. Xabber is a free Android app by developer Redsolution that is a well-executed chat client designed to handle a wide range of services in a customizable environment.
Xabber's Jabber-based tree branches to Facebook Chat, GTalk, Windows Live chat and Livejournal chat, in addition to international services like Vkontakte, Ya.Online, QIP and Odnoklassniki (don't ask for pronunciations) as well as potentially thousands of XMPP-based clients outside of the preconfigured ones. After adding accounts in the app's settings, contact lists for each service start to populate, and each group is delineated by a bright bar with the account's name on it. Xabber highlights active chats and separates them into a group of their own. The customizable app offers advanced settings for message encryption and connection management. The interface offers thematic control as well, but it is currently limited to light and dark, the latter of which makes contact groups easier to recognize. On Redsolution's Twitter page, the developer has offered to build an open-source variant of Xabber if it can gain 50K followers in a single month.
PUBLISHED DEC. 3, 2012