8

GTalk will stop working on Feb 16, 2015.

enter image description here

Google Says to start using the Hangouts Chrome App. I don't like it. Is there any third party or open source alternative to the Chrome app (for Windows) that lets me talk to my google contacts? From what I understand, google moved away from the XMPP protocol so third-party development is no longer possible. Does this mean programs like pidgin can no longer talk to hangouts people on Feb 16, or does pidgin still somehow connect?

I just want to use something as simple and featureless as GTalk. I hate Hangouts.

  • 2
    Unfortunately that will most likely be not possible. The Hangout stuff is google proprietary and I have not yet seen anybody interested in porting that to Pidgin or any other floss client (which are the only ones I care about). So, I would recommend to go over to jabber.org make an account there and convince your fellow GTalk users to do the same. Then you can use Pidgin and have a regular chat. (Note: I have not seen anybody does not mean that there is nobody, just that I have not yet seen them) – Angelo Fuchs Feb 9 '15 at 9:10
  • 1
    GTalk is now really shut down. – marczellm Mar 3 '15 at 16:36
1

https://github.com/xmikos/qhangups is a PyQt application, that is a GUI interface to the command-line client at https://github.com/tdryer/hangups, that was created by reverse-engineering the undocumented Hangouts API.

It doesn't seem to work for me but seems promising. I would like to see it gain momentum, contributors etc.

| improve this answer | |
0

I discovered that Miranda lets you still login to the old GTalk network and talk to your google contacts. It doesn't support voice chat, but has a minimalist interface just like GTalk did. There is also Miranda NG but I found that interface too bloated like all the other IM clients out there.

When installing, setup a "JABBER" account and put your gmail username (everything before the "@" sign). Then you need to go to Accounts and set the "type" of Jabber connection to "GTalk!" and fill in your info like the pic below:

enter image description here

After filling in your account info, make sure you set your "status" to online (or invisible) and your buddy list will be downloaded.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You have to enable "less secure apps" in your Google Account if you want to use Miranda!!

| improve this answer | |
-1

With my personal experience of what I am using right now is Trillian and this also works like a email client.*And in my opinion this is even better than Google talk

I will list down some features from its official website and few screenshots for your reference.

This is available as and paid

The right Trillian for your: Free, Pro, Lifetime

Features

  • Continuous Client
    Your chats go with you everywhere. Trillian even keeps your phone quiet when you're active at a desktop!
  • Interoperable
    With support for Google Talk, Facebook, MSN, AIM, ICQ, Yahoo!, and more, stay connected with everyone.
  • Device Support
    Trillian is available on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Android, BlackBerry, and directly in your web browser.
  • Email
    POP3, IMAP, and native IM mail integration. New mail alerts and basic mail management are all exposed.
  • Social
    Never miss a beat with Trillian's social integration, keeping you connected to Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.
  • Tabbed Chats
    Keep your desktop tidy with tabbed chats, featuring drag and drop support, unread indicators, and more.
  • Message History
    All desktop versions of Trillian come with a fully-featured message history viewer, including searching and filters.
  • Spellcheck
    Trillian's integrated spellcheck will always let you know when a word is misspelled and offer suggested fixes.
  • Emoticons
    Hundreds of amazing handcrafted emoticons for your chatting pleasure. Find them all, even the hidden ones!
  • […]
  • Internationalization
    User-created language packs and strong UTF-8 support help ensure a great experience in your native language.

Welcome to Trillian: Set up Instant Messaging

Contacts

Screenshot of contact list

Note: To use any version of Trillian you'll have to have your own Trillian Account (formerly "Astra Account"), which keeps your settings synchronized between Trillian on your desktop, mobile devices and in-browser Trillian for Web which also another feature.

Hope my answer will help you to get out of Hangouts Chrome App ;)

| improve this answer | |

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.