For the past six months I think I didn’t make a single post about Empathy. The reason? Empathy (3.12) didn’t receive any major developing, just a few bugs and translation updates -apart from GDBus implementation and ChatManager API. That’s kinda bad, because Empathy is a really important part of GNOME, but definitely not as it is.
Surprisingly Linux never had good IM (Instant Messenger) clients. From the old days (before G+ & FB chats), many Windows IM clients were much better than the corresponded in Linux, even if they were developed from small teams of 3-4 people, even if they were proprietary without extra contributions.
GNOME is (or was?) working on a new single-window IM and so I thought they may want to “obsolete” Empathy and start over from a clean code-base. It uses Telepathy, so it isn’t really clean but anyway ;)
GNOME Chat as it looks today, and it looks great but
is not usable
They say “No News, Good News” but in this case is really Bad News. So, there is nothing new about GNOME-Chat, it currently looks abandoned and there are no plans –at least not yet– for it and for GNOME 3.14.