Play Store, OAuth2 and more from the dev stage
February 20, 2019 by bjoern
As you may have noticed, Delta Chat is now available in the Beta Channel of Google Play.
We got lots of feedback to this the last days (thanks to everyone! and do not stop taking care :) and i think we have a good idea of things that have to be done until we can aim for a real release.
In general, chat-messages are moved to the DeltaChat folder to avoid cluttering the INBOX if you use Delta together with a classical mail app on the same account. However, this moving seems to be too complicated in some situations and we’ll try to implement a default that is working better and is easier to understand.
Also, whether normal-mails show up in Delta or not is confusing sometimes and needs some more love from some developers. This will be discussed the next time in the known channels.
The onboarding and the guessing of server settings is going to be improved, also here, thanks to everyone helping on this with issues and pull-requests on github.
Already done - and the largest visible change in the onboarding process is the new support of OAuth2.
OAuth2 is currently supported for gmail.com and googlemail.com addresses (yandex is coming soon) and frees the user from entering a password in Delta Chat - also there is no longer the need to enable “Less secure apps” somewhere deep in the google settings.
This is how the new setup will look like:
We’ve implemented OAuth2 in a way to stay independent of Google libraries, so, the app itself is still clean. The authorization just opens the system browsers and you still have the choice not to use OAuth2.
Like to test this? We’ve prepared a preview release here :)
So far - looking forward to what will happen the next weeks then :)