Trillian all-in-one IM coming to Android, updates for iPhone 4

Sign-ups are open to join Trillian's beta for the Android version of its multinetwork chat application. The IM-maker also releases an update for the iPhone 4.

Trillian for Android
Trillian's multinetwork IM app with tabbed browsing makes its way to Android phones. Trillian/Cerulean Studios

If you're into instant messaging in a big way, you'll probably want to take a look at the free Trillian chat app, which, like others, lets you IM with friends on multiple networks, like Yahoo, AOL, Windows Live, Google Talk, and so on.

On Thursday, Trillian-maker Cerulean studios announced two pieces of interesting information. If you're an iPhone user, hang in there or skip to the end.

First, the company is readying a beta version of its chat app for Android phones 1.6 and up. As with other Trillian apps, it will manage chatting through Yahoo, Google Talk, Windows Live, Facebook, AIM, ICQ, Jabber/XMPP, and MySpace IM.

As for features, it will include the usual suspects of avatars, sorting contacts, status bar updating, and come configuration over the organization of the buddy list. Trillian for Android will also include tabbed conversations, which will make it easy to switch among multiple chats, and the all-important gallery of emoticons. Photo transfers are also in the features lineup.

Those who sign up for the Trillian Android beta should expect some activity "in a few weeks."

As a second piece of news, Cerulean Studios also announced an update to its iPhone app that optimizes the IM client for the iPhone 4. Specifically, it ties into the iOS 4's multitasking capabilities and bakes in multiple sign-in support for Windows Live Messenger. It's also optimized to look good on the iPhone 4's "Retina Display" with its 326 pixels per inch.

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Jessica Dolcourt reviews smartphones and cell phones, covers handset news, and pens the monthly column Smartphones Unlocked. A senior editor, she started at CNET in 2006 and spent four years reviewing mobile and desktop software before taking on devices.

 

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