Missing Conversation Plugins Now Available In Extras Repositories
Thursday, 07 January 2010 10:52
Written by Apocalypso.
Instant messaging has become an important part of everyday communication and one of the greatest features of Nokia N900 is the power it gives individuals to maintain and expand their online activity and stay connected with friends and people who share a similar interest, profession or hobby, whenever and wherever you like.
If you are looking for a mobile IM, Nokia N900 should be your first choice as it combines the best of the mobile phone and internet and offers the easiest, user friendly and feature rich all in one messenger solution on the mobile phones ever!
Unlike many of its competitors, Nokia N900 offers tight integration of the contacts and conversation application with a variety of communication services such as Skype, MSN Messenger, Google Talk, and any open SIP based VoIP service provider allowing you to connect to multiple IM accounts at once and enjoy direct and immediate access to the world’s most popular messenger services.
The deal gets even better as they are just released an Extra protocols plug-in that is now available for free through the Extras application catalogue and adds support for Yahoo!, AIM (AOL), MSN Messenger, ICQ (for those old enough to still be using it), Gadu Gadu, Groupwise and a few others I never heard of, like Salut!
To get it you’ll need to enable the Extras catalogue that is by the way highly suggestible to permanently enable to be up to date with the latest applications games. If you already didn’t here you can find how to set and enable Maemo Extras repository.
Setting up an account is a simple as it gets:
Once you install additional plug-ins, all you need to do to start chatting with your friends is to setup appropriate account, enter your login details and enable it through the easy to use, pretty intuitive and, well, obvious user interface. Once you’ve fed it your details it's absolutely pleasure to work with!
First of all phone add special field in contacts so you can assign the required ID to every contact you may have but also once when you enable certain account log in all contacts will be lumped into a single list, regardless of where Nokia N900 found them. Phone will add only ID that aren’t already associated with some contact in your phonebook and the rest you can merge or leave as is.
This can be a bit disorientating but it is not since there’s a categorization and you can easily separate friends from different messaging networks through the predefined groups or by availability so you can easily access and interact with your online friends without having to install any additional software such as fring.
Before you get too excited, you should also know that there is a more or less serious deficiency in the mechanism of contact association! You see, if you delete ICQ or Skype contact on your desktop computer contact will be deleted forever and Nokia N900 acts pretty much the same and there is nothing problematic if you ask me but lot of unexpired users complains about so I thought I should warn you all!
So what happens is that when we delete a contact from phonebook contact will be also removed from all services you have logged on with a warning that contact will also be deleted from the server, which means it will be erased from all servers of all the services that you are logged on!
That’s all for now, if you have any question and or suggestion I’m available over at our forum section.