May 29, 2013 at 1:21 pm #7355
Haven’t tested or looked deeper into it yet.
License: GPL3+, a bunch of other libraries with other free licenses
From Google Play:
Be sure no one else can see your mobile messages. Use surespot and everything you send can only be read by the person you sent it to. Period. Be confident sending private information and pictures, you have control over your messages, you can delete your messages from the receiver’s phone and photos are not shareable unless you make them so. Multiple identities allow you to be who you want with just who you want, and if anyone gets annoying you can block them. Surespot is not associated with and does not store your phone number. We don’t store or share any information about you, not even with advertisers – you won’t find any ads here. surespot will enhance your texting experience with cool features AND transparent, always-on encryption. Download surespot today, invite your friends and enjoy your right to speak freely.
Surespot uses your mobile data plan and Wi-Fi so you don’t get texting charges, especially important for those friends in other countries.
We always appreciate your feedback and questions. Please contact usMay 29, 2013 at 1:45 pm #7356
Google Play Services jar isn’t free. The rest (loads of Googley stuff) probably are., though there would be a lot of work to check them all out. The Google play Services library connects to Google Play services apk on the device. Now, there could be steps taken to make sure that the app works in the event that Google PlayServices isn’t installed, so if we replace Google Play services jar with a dummy library, the app may still function. But there is no information about this. Also all the Google Drive nonsense wouldn’t work without supplying API keys and God know what else.May 29, 2013 at 3:52 pm #7358
Actually the project description makes me a bit skeptical:
“you have control over your messages, you can delete your messages from the receiver’s phone and photos are not shareable unless you make them so”
sounds like cryptographical snake oil – at least anyone with a rooted phone can circumvent any of these measures. In addittion the ability to remotely delete messages sounds like there could be a security nightmare or two. Also did not find if they use any encryption in addition to what is provided by google cloud.May 29, 2013 at 3:54 pm #7359
I heard the same claim fro Silent Circle so maybe it’s not so far fetched.July 3, 2013 at 4:41 pm #7775
Surespot is an opensource messenger using end-to-end encryption. I hope this one gets added to f-droid. It seems like a pretty good alternative to WhatsApp, since sending pictures is implemented aswell.July 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm #7780
It makes use of Google Play Services so , 1. we can’t build it because the library is proprietary 2. if we did patch out the library maybe the app would not work so well. Best thing is to contact the developers and maybe they will make a branch without Google Play Services.July 3, 2013 at 8:50 pm #7784
An issue for that is already open on github. Let’s hope the devs will provide surespot without those Google services.August 11, 2013 at 3:02 pm #8215
You can use kontalk for encrypted messaging; it’s in the repo and can send (unencrypted) images. At the moment it’s mostly still a proof-of-concept, but it works fine and work is being done on a new version with top-notch crypto.February 20, 2014 at 11:36 am #10463
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