Nextcloud Talk expands to include chat on all platforms, improves user experience

Originally published at: https://nextcloud.com/blog/nextcloud-talk-expands-to-include-chat-on-all-platforms-improves-user-experience/


Today, updates to the Nextcloud Talk decentralized video and text chat communication platform deliver chat on iOS and Android and improve the user experience across supported operating systems. Building on the earlier Talk 3.2 release, it is now possible to do voice-only calls, users can be mentioned and notifications of unread messages are more visible. Organizations and private users in need of secure communication under their control can update their mobile devices and servers immediately.

Nextcloud Talk

Nextcloud Talk is a fully open source video meeting software, on-premise hosted and end-to-end encrypted. It features a text chat and is available for web and mobile. Nextcloud Talk makes it easier than ever to host a privacy-respecting audio/video communication service for home users and enterprises.

Self-hosting the infrastructure ensures the absolute confidentiality of communication, as even metadata does not leak to anyone else. Business users have optional access to the Spreed High Performance Back-end offering enterprise-class scalability, reliability, and features through a Nextcloud subscription.


The server version of Nextcloud Talk introduced version 3.2 last month, delivering text short cuts, user mentions, multi-chat support and unread message counts among other improvements.

With the mobile Talk apps, users can receive push notifications when others call them, and pick up easily. New is the ability to send and receive chat messages in one-on-one and group chats.

Improvements to clients

The Android client today introduces version 2.0, delivering the following new capabilities:
  • Chat
  • Client certificate based authentication
  • Voice-only calls
  • Significantly improved calls UI (e.g. avatars when remote video is disabled)
  • Endless loading for contacts & Remote search
  • And many smaller improvements
The iOS client version 2 has the following additions:
  • Chat
  • Unread messages indicator
  • User mentions
  • Mentions highlighted in chat
  • Mentions autocomplete/suggestions
  • And many smaller improvements

Please note that chat and voice-only calls requires at least Nextcloud Talk version 3.2 on the server side.

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Looking good! When is the Universal App for Windows coming? Would allow me to use that app on Desktop and Windows Phone :wink:

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:joy::joy::rofl::rofl:

sorry, mate… i don’t think anyone would do something for windoofs phone, now even less than ever before (though it was a thing to put thought into, back then. i agree)

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Yeah I know … But that’s why I mentioned Universal Apps. If it works on Desktop I could use it anyway :stuck_out_tongue:
I mean the phone works very well and I don’t like the idea to switch to Android/ Google. I’ll probably use it until it falls into pieces :smiley:

if i wouldnt have favoured android-devices before i eventually would have gone with windows phone as well.
but wells.,… decisions has been made. some even out of my reach :o) -
btw: did you know that you can setup a google-less android?

I think a cross-platform (Windows, Linux, MacOS) desktop version with notifications and everything a desktop client should have would make more sense, even if it is just something in Electron (like a lot of other chat clients nowadays).

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Cool that the text chat is now also in the mobile app. I have two problems, though:

  1. in the mobile app my contacts are empty
    2 How can I save call partners as contacts directly from Talk?

I use the latest Android app

When is the update for the iOS app, this is in the store still on version 1.3.2

apple always asks for some testing-time when they receive a new app (or app-version). it could take more than 1 week, i was told once.

  1. That means you’ve disabled contacts auto-completion in Nextcloud. Once you enable it, contacts will appear.
  2. You can’t.
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Sounds really nice
I waiting for the windows desktop aplication :laughing:

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You will wait for quite some time unless you contribute :stuck_out_tongue:

Awesome!! Great Job!!

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Maybe a simple Rambox integration would solve the desktop client problem:

A custom service can be integrated quite easily:

The most important feature I think would be notifications so there is a reminder if a new message arrived.

When is it coming to F-Droid?

When it decides to build.

We have the browser version - it is of course responsive, that is, it works fine on mobile. Heck, I already used Nextcloud Talk on my Android phone in Chrome a year ago at an airport… So that works. Then again, some Electron thing, like Skype and Signal and Slack etc have - yeah, I guess it’d be nice if somebody put that together. Might not be that hard!!!

Is it possible to use Nextcloud Talk as a chat in Mozilla Thunderbird? Are there some other good clients for desktops?

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I have one issue with Nextcloud Talk that makes it impractical - When you try to contact a user through Talk they get no audible notification of an incoming call. Yes, if they’re currently logged into Nextcloud they get a “notification” via a little red dot on the pages bell icon but that’s about it. Very easy to miss this. Now perhaps I don’t have something set up correctly, and if that’s the case please let me know.
I’d like to recommend a PC based client that can provide notification and connect the call. With such an integration I can envision eventually dropping paid VTC services.
Thanks for all the work being done on this application and all of Nextcloud.

Bruce,

help.nextcloud.com is a good place for questions like this. IMHO better than “hitchhiking” announcements :wink:

Regarding your issue: No call notification/signal/ring tone at other party when trying to start a call (audio)

I’ve had the same question :slight_smile:

Regards,
Michael