Google Talk Optimized for iPhone

Although it seems pretty clear that there's going to be a native chat client for the iPhone 2.0 that will support Google Talk (with background alerts to boot!), there may be those that have a religious injunction against installing applications. There may also be those who don't intend to upgrade because they don't want to mess around with losing either their unlocked or jailbroken status. Whatever your reason for not using a native app, Google's got ya covered with an all new interface for Google Talk, fully optimized for Mobile Safari.

It's cool and all, but the moment you navigate away (or close) from Safari your status is set to unavailable. On the bright side, though, if you're a Google-holic it integrates nicely with your contacts and otherwise works exactly how you'd expect a Google Talk Client (inside a web browser) to work.

Just point your iPhone to http://www.google.com/talk to give it a shot.

Dieter Bohn

Dieter Bohn is former editor-in-chief of Smartphone Experts, writing across iMore, Windows Phone Central, Android Central, and more. You can find him on Twitter (and everywhere else) @backlon.

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My old blackberry would allow my AIM chat to run even if I went to other functions on the phone. I would stay available and it would give me a nice small icon indicator if a new IM came in. Is there any chat app for the iPhone that can do the same?

Chat for Google Talk - iPhone app
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FEATURES:
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✔ Share your availability status with your contacts
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