Signal Is Finally Bringing Its Secure Messaging to the Masses https://www.wired.com/story/signal-encrypted-messaging-features-mainstream/
They even distribute the APK directly on their website, though I had to use a DispVM with vanilla chromium to actually get the JS to load the latest download link :\
Good news, thanks for pointing out @MichaelAltfield !
I will do some testing soon.
@tapaniraja @setthemfree @micahflee IANA Android dev, but I do believe you're correct. And that was Moxie's defense for requiring gapps for so long, demanding that the community first come up with an alternative.
There's also microG, but I'm not sure how that fits into Signal or push services.
Most messaging apps support polling..
Moxie clearly doesn’t care about the long tail of free/open source users. Signal is targetted to majority of users that do also have Google Play installed.
As for push there is OpenPush for free software: https://f-droid.org/en/2020/02/03/openpush-talk.html
> Using FCM also requires the inclusion of the proprietary FCM client library into open source Android apps like Signal, Wire or even Firefox, which makes them effectively non-free software which cannot be distributed via the fully free F-Droid software repository.
I guess that's the blob mentioned earlier ITT preventing Signal in F-Droid.
You’re most welcome to try to contact Signal (I'd be interested in reading the response too). But given how, cough, cough, “open”, they were towards LibreSignal I wouldn’t hold my breath: https://github.com/LibreSignal/LibreSignal/issues/37#issuecomment-217211165
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