[messaging] Release of OpenKeychain 2.8 for Android

Tim Bray tbray at textuality.com
Fri Aug 29 10:55:57 PDT 2014

FWIW it should be noted that OpenKeychain depends heavily on the Android
sharing/intents architecture, which doesn’t quite have an exact analogue on
many other platforms.  Having said that, it’s getting *very* close to being
easily civilian-usable.

The big problem currently is that to sign/decrypt, you have to enter your
key passphrase, which is not really very practical on mobile.

[Disclosure: Contributor to OpenKeychain]

On Fri, Aug 29, 2014 at 10:48 AM, zaki at manian.org <zaki at manian.org> wrote:

> Hi all, this should be on interest to the group.
> The OpenKeychain project has made enormous progress in the making usable
> PGP available on Android. It appears to be a great improvement over APG and
> the Guardian Project's GnuPG efforts on Android.
> Obvious caveats about the fundamental insecurity of storing PGP keys on
> Android devices apply. Maybe there will be Yubikey support sometime in the
> future.
> Summary of the 2.8 Release:
> http://www.openkeychain.org/openkeychain-2-8/
> OpenKeychain 2.8
> A new stable version of OpenKeychain has been released!
> Changelog 2.8
> So many bugs have been fixed in this release that we focus on the main new
> features
> Key edit: awesome new design, key revocation
> Key import: awesome new design, secure keyserver connections via hkps,
> keyserver resolving via DNS SRV records
> New first time screen
> New key creation screen: autocompletion of name and email based on your
> personal Android accounts
> File encryption: awesome new design, support for encrypting multiple files
> New icons to show status of key (by Brennan Novak)
> Important bug fix: Importing of large key collections from a file is now
> possible
> Notification showing cached passphrases
> Keys are connected to Android's contacts
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