In Pidgin and most other clients for instant messaging I've used, when my contact is logged in from a mobile phone, the client shows an icon by their name so I can differentiate between these buddies that are online from a phone and buddies that are online from a computer. Does Empathy have this feature?


This is a known bug in Empathy and is currently being worked on.

So Empathy currently lacks this feature but it will likely show up in the next version of Ubuntu (10.10).

  • The bug has been fixed. In 12.04 you can see the icon by the contact's names when he is logged from a mobile phone. – Beernarrd Sep 17 '12 at 20:49

You can't just yet. This feature is coming, likely in 10.10, and there was a blog post asking users about how this should be presented, so if you feel like it, you can give your opinion here.

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