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I'm thinking about implementing something similar to 'my own on-site web chat widget'. Or more generic, some Q&A solution.

And while I can build the back-end myself (and prefer to), I'd like to use some kind of front-end app that's 3rd party software - preferably open-source. I'm not talking about the widget - but about the "operator app".

I'm looking for an android app that's configurable and has the option to trigger Android notifications near real-time.

Currently my best bet would be an IRC app. Someone posts to my web chat (or Q&A forum) and my back-end relays this post to my own IRC channel. Then: the Android app in question follows that channel and alerts me once people join the chat or post something (and I can immediately react). But I'm not that familiar with IRC.

I don't know if there's an even more lightweight solution. What I'd basically need is a configurable app, that can track (poll or more efficiently) some web resource, trigger an alert, and allow me to react in-app with responses to this update/event/inquiry/post.

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    Guess you'll be better off doing that via XMPP. There are plenty of XMPP apps available (line Conversations, which is FOSS and available at F-Droid). So if your back-end feeds to your specific channel which you've subscribed to with your user, you'd get your notification via Conversations. // If that's acceptable, my recommendation would be "Conversations" – but you'd need something in your backend feeding the channel (or addressing your user directly). I've no experience with that part.
    – Izzy
    Jan 7, 2023 at 20:43
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    The background is: Try finding an IRC client for Android. There are few, but either no longer maintained, having quite special requirements, not being polished – or a combination of that. See here for a list. While Conversations is well maintained, a reference client, polished, feature-rich and all; see here for alternatives. You might also like the MAXS Suite which is built on XMPP.
    – Izzy
    Jan 9, 2023 at 0:30
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    Very helpful resources! Thanks @izzy ! +1
    – isync
    Jan 10, 2023 at 13:57
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    Glad they helped! Would you like me to make that an answer (Conversations as the app you've asked for)? Or would you rather prefer to test first and then answer your own question with the fitting combination (which would most likely be the better answer)?
    – Izzy
    Jan 12, 2023 at 0:23
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    Actually, I'd like to leave it open like that, for a while at least, to attract more input. But at the same time I think all was said, and my question might be a little too vague. Go ahead if you have the time.
    – isync
    Jan 12, 2023 at 21:35

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