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test of basic 1 to 1 messaging failed at first & first impressions of a new user #285

kaefert opened this Issue Apr 21, 2016 · 5 comments


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kaefert commented Apr 21, 2016

I don't know if I did anything wrong, but somehow Antox didn't seem to work for me at first:

  1. I took 2 Samsung Galaxy S5 mobile phones (SM-G900F) running Android 5.0 with installed f-droid manager.
  2. Added the repository "" on both.
  3. Installed Antox on both.
  4. Opened the app, entered two different (probably not unique but unique in my "friends-circle" I planned to operate in) usernames and pressed the register anonymously button
  5. I installed the barcode scanner the app links to on both phones
  6. I scanned the barcode that is shown when clicking in menu -> profile -> "Tox-ID" of the other phone respectively
  7. both phones showed "friend request sent" but messages written to each other did not show up.
    --> I've played around for a few more minutes, but no error messages or anything was shown.

During writing this problem report up, I found magically that now 1 day later the apps running on both phones have accepted each other as friends and exchanged most of the test messages.

Also, now that I see what a successfully delivered message looks like, I can tell by the light graying out of the purple background that you actually built into an indicator of a not delivered message, but one that can only be understand if you have a successful message to compare it to. An icon like a red "x" or a much stronger graying out would be more universally understood by new users.

On the conversation page, in the top right corner there is an "info" button that I'd expect to show me some info about the friend I am talking to right here. Pressing it gives me no reaction - no info, no error, no warning.


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kaefert commented Apr 21, 2016

okey. So now we've tested voice chat (which is very laggy, even when we're on the same wifi network) and when trying to turn on the video chat feature, Antox crashed one of the two devices.


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wiiaam commented May 2, 2016

The video chat is still extremely buggy and is only really a feature preview until I have time to fix it. Being on the same network will not change anything because you still at least need to connect to your ISP to send and receive the packet, unless you connect via a local DHT network


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caco13 commented Apr 18, 2018

So, @kaefert, it take 1 day to the peers have the Friend request message arrived??? Well, for me I've already sent, pass 2 hours and no message has been sent either from me to my girlfriend and vice-versa. It's really a shame. I was eager to start to throw away Facebook things like Whatsapp. Anyone experimenting such delusion?


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zoff99 commented Apr 18, 2018

@caco13 have a look at this client for android:

maybe it works better for you


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kaefert commented Apr 19, 2018

@zoff99 thanks for the link!
Could you explain the relationship between Antox and TRifA?
Is TRifA the successor of Antox?
Is TRifA developed by former Antox devlopers?
Is TRifA an unrelated project that simply uses the same protocol (Tox)?
TRifA has much more recent commits than Antox. Is that simply because it is newer and therefore still more of an interest to it's initiators or does TRifA have a bigger community?

The idea of the Tox protocol and reviving peer to peer software back into modern software is great, but it needs to mature into a state that makes at least the basics usable for people without having the skills or time to dive down into the coding themselves.

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