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Being able to join chat rooms from the Android app would be a plus! It would truly make us connected on the go, instead of having to sit down at our desks and open a browser window. This will allow more users to fully utilize the chat system and join events no matter where they are.

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Oh yeah, more people using chat — exactly what Stack Overflow needs! – Cody Gray Aug 1 '13 at 8:33
Related: – MBraedley Jan 27 '14 at 18:31
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This is possible, but very far down the roadmap -- definitely not in v1 of any of the mobile apps. It'd be a pretty big change for both chat and the app, and chat activity just doesn't seem to be large enough to justify it yet (I know, a bit of a chicken-and-egg problem).

In the meantime, the web version is actually pretty good and we use it internally a fair amount.

Update Jan 2016: This is still something we'd like to do some day, but it's not on the roadmap after 2 years, so pretty unlikely.

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The web version is the best chat system I've used yet. Not that I've used many, but yeah. – Tshepang Aug 2 '13 at 19:18
Web chat is great. Web mobile chat on the other hand... – hichris123 Nov 5 '14 at 0:29
Chatting on a Nexus 10 for example is a bit pita. Zooming in/out makes divs overlapping each other and thus rendering the chat unusable. – WarrenFaith Nov 5 '14 at 10:45
No, mobile chat is not really useable. It lacks critical features – Shadow Wizard Sep 5 '15 at 5:39
Since it's deferred and not declined, two and half years later, is there any chance it will ever be implemented? – Shadow Wizard Jan 22 at 8:56
@ShadowWizard Yes and no. Full mobile support for chat is unlikely, but we have some significant improvements to mobile web chat that we're testing internally and should be able to release to the community soonish. – David Fullerton Jan 22 at 14:59
I know about the mobile web @David, balpha mentioned it a while ago. But what about the android/iOS apps? If such thing is not planned I think it's better to mark this question and its iOS equivalent as status-declined so that people won't have false hopes. (And update the answer to reflect the reasons :)) – Shadow Wizard Jan 22 at 17:57
@ShadowWizard Mobile chat is something we'd like to do, but not on the roadmap right now. – David Fullerton Jan 22 at 18:15
Thanks, will ask again in 2 years or so. :) – Shadow Wizard Jan 22 at 18:36
Why is this status-declined instead of status-deferred, then? If you read the descriptions for the tags, declined means you won't do it. Deferred means the suggestion has merit, but it's still a way off. – Thomas Owens Jan 22 at 18:45
@Thomas David did explain it in the comment and edit: "something we'd like to do some day, but it's not on the roadmap" - hence not rejected which means "we don't want to do that, ever". Personally I still feel uncomfortable with the (lack of) decision, but now that it's explained better guess it's easier to live with. – Shadow Wizard Jan 23 at 11:20

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