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Yaaic Android IRC client 0.3 is available

Yaaic developer pocmo just announced that he released version 0.3 of his Android IRC client which comes with quite a few enhancements and bugfixes – so lets have a look.

The first thing that immediately grabs the attention – for those that don’t follow the projects Twitter feed – is the addition of the new logo:

Yaaic Logo

Yaaic Logo

But there have been many under-the-hood improvements as well: You can now choose the encoding on a per-server basis and are not bound to the default UTF-8 as in the previous version. This version is also the first to support SSL encrypted connections but pocmo warns that the TrustManager currently will accept every certificate, valid or not.

Furthermore, this version is now able to connect to networks that run InspIRCd with the module m_antibear loaded which sends a numeric certain clients can’t handle – up to now, this also prevented Yaaic from connecting to them.

New features and commands that have been added in this release are /away, /whois and /help, which only gives an overview of all available commands at the moment, a facility to get a more detailed help on individual commands is planned for a future release.

The overall behaviour of the client has been improved – Highlights, connects and disconnects are now shown as notifications in the notification bar and in the event of a disconnect you’re asked if you want to reconnect, provided the app is running in the foreground. Speaking of running in the foreground: you may now suspend the app and it will keep running and stay connected in the background until you return to it.

The announcement also provides us with a short teaser video which i don’t want to withhold from you:

You can find the complete changelog for Yaaic 0.3 here and the download can be grabbed from here.

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Yaaic Android IRC client 0.2 released

The Yaaic project brings us yet another release of their IRC client for the Android platform and is now available for download as version 0.2.

This new version – released just one week after v0.1 – has a few bugs fixed, features added as well as a few cosmetic touch-ups.

Developer pocmo writes in his announcement that he, despite the fact that he dropped the “Beta” from its name, still considers Yaaic to be in the Beta stage which it will most likely remain “as long as there’s a 0 at the beginning of the version number”.

57 commits have been made and a few nasty bugs have been squashed – One particularly nasty bug “causing some messages to appear in the wrong channels / queries” has been fixed which makes this new release a recommended upgrade.

UTF-8 is now the default encoding and according to pocmo there will be an option to choose one in a future release.

The download for version 0.2 can be found here and the complete changelog is located here.

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Yaaic – Yet another Android IRC client 0.1 Beta released

The Yaaic project – short for “Yet another Android IRC client” – just released a 0.1 Beta version of their IRC client for the Android platform.

The announcement came via Twitter from @Yaaic who had posted a screenshot of the first-ever query handled by his IRC client earlier:

Yaaics first query ever

Yaaics first query ever

All the basic features seem to be there and even though it is an early version it already has multi-server support which seems to work flawlessly.

Developer pocmo has posted a video on Vimeo, demonstrating his IRC client:

We’ll keep watching this client closely & wish pocmo all the best for his client and all of its future releases!

Have you tried it on your Android device? Will you switch your mobile IRC client in favour of Yaaic?