Jul 08 AT 9:48 PM Anthony Domanico 16 Comments

Trillian to bring all-in-one IM client to Android?

CNET is reporting that Trillian is a mere weeks away from releasing a beta version of an Android application for early testing. For those unfamiliar with Trillian, Trillian is one of the most widely used all-in-one IM client that allows users to chat from all of their instant messaging accounts (such as Yahoo! messenger, AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, Windows Live, etc.) in one simple stream.

Though there are several other all-in-one IM apps out there, in my opinion Trillian has long stood out as the cream of the crop when it came to these applications, and I think those of you who spend significant amounts of time IMing should be pretty excited to try this application out for yourself.

Some of the features that are said to be included in the upcoming app are: sortable buddy lists, easy status updates, emoticon gallery, and perhaps most importantly, tabbed conversation view for simple switching between conversations.

Though I don’t spend much time IMing (in fact I haven’t logged into AIM in over a year), this likely is/will be the one IM application that I would deem a must download, and has a good shot at getting me back in the IM game (assuming my friends still IM that is).

So what do you say? Do you want to check out the beta once it arrives?  Head over to Trillian’s Android signup site and sign up for email notifications and be the first to download the beta once it becomes available in a few weeks.


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  • Dave K

    Last time I used Trillian (it’s been several years), the client had gotten very bloated. This was before they had even begun Astra development. I’ve been using Digsby since it came out, and it’s a much nicer all-in-one IM client. I’m hoping they come out with an Android app too.

  • http://Website Daniel

    Considering how I’ve been hugely disappointed with the state of MSN support on Android, I very much welcome a new contender – a very experienced one, even!

  • StabMasterArson

    I use Trillian all the time on my desktop, so I’m pretty psyched that it’ll be coming soon to Android. I’ll be getting my first Android device next week with the release of the Samsung Vibrant. Woohoo!

  • http://www.nomad4ever.com Chris @ nomad4ever

    I use eBuddy on my HTC Legend and it works very nicely with Facebook and Yahoo. I don’t use the other services, but AIM, ICQ and MSN are supported as well.

    Before I used Nimbuzz with a similar feature set on Android. Just eBuddy is more polished in my view.

    And one more vote for Digsby on the desktop, much better UI than bloated and complicated-to-use Trillian.

  • AmericanJedi001

    I’m surprised nobody has mentioned Fring (http://www.fring.com) yet. I think it’s showing a lot of potential, though to be fair I’ve only barely played with it.

    You IMers should give it a shot!

    • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

      I may/may not be writing something up on Fring in the near future.

      May the force be with you. ;)

  • Prince77

    I was going to say the samething Chris. Ebuddy works the same way and it has ever client to choose from. I only use Yahoo and Facebook, because I don’t know many people that use the others. Since it is a beta, I will check it out to see if I want to change. But as of now I am satisfied with Ebuddy.

  • roman.bugaev

    I would prefer Pidgin Android port

  • http://Website cdg

    I’m hearing rumblings about BeeJive starting a beta for Android. If so, that would be my choice. It wasn’t free, but it was the best solution for Blackberry. I would gladly pay for it on Android….

  • http://adomanico01.blogspot.com/ Anthony Domanico

    Seriously, people still use ICQ?

  • http://Website Nu11u5

    I’m just looking for an IM app that can idle without sucking battery power constantly. If one of those exists I’ll take what ever they’ve got.

  • http://tonybullard.com Tony Bullard

    meebo.com has an app that works well. Not sure about the battery life as I’ve never used it for long periods of time…but yeah, it covers all the popular messaging services.

  • MetalMessiah78

    I didn’t think anyone IMed anymore. I used to use Trillian back in the day, but stopped using it once text messaging became the popular form of communication. Most people I talk to often already have an Android phone or use GTalk, so when I do use IM, it’s usually GTalk anyway, but I can see where this could fill a void, especially with people who haven’t made the switch to GTalk yet. I say yet, because eventually, Google will own us all. I prefer to go willingly rather than put up a resistance.

  • http://Website tom2652

    Ah, if only the Digsby folks would do something for Android… I switched from Trillian a long time ago, and never looked back.

    But if they don’t go Android soon, I may have to look @ going to something else.

  • http://whosthisguy.com Brendan

    I have the exact opposite experience with the native GTalk app. In fact, one of the big reasons I decided to solely use GTalk as my IM is because the app is so good.

    I found the big thing about IMing is that I would have all these people in my friends list and never talk to them anyway. Keeping my GTalk Contacts list small makes IMing a far easier endeavour.

    Plus, it’s usually faster to just text people now anyway.

  • http://Website Jason Harris

    Like most of the people above, when Trillian kept getting more bloated without adding features, I moved to Digsby on desktop. When at work and on my phone, I use meebo.com and I’m actually thinking of moving to it at home as well. It’s nice having my chat logs consistent anywhere I access them.

    Nothing bad to say about the Meebo android APP