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MessageVine's Mobile IM for Google Talk
[September 06, 2005]

MessageVine's Mobile IM for Google Talk

MessageVine is announcing its Mobile IM product for Google Talk.
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MessageVine is releasing today what it's claiming is "the industry-first Mobile IM product for Google Talk, the brand new IM and voice-communication service by Google."
MessageVine's Mobile IM client for Google Talk is an always-on, secure real-time communication application based on rich presence information. MessageVine's Mobile client is patterned after what company officials say is the "same friendly and intuitive user experience as offered by the Google Talk's PC client."

USAToday's Edward Baig wrote a review of Google Talk saying it's a nice enough product, but still lacks some basic features. If you want to try it out get a free Gmail username and password from, Baig recommends, since "the programs are tightly intertwined."

Google Talk "works well, though it lacks several features found in such rival programs as AOL's AIM, Microsoft's MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger," Baig finds. It works like most others do, and the voice quality, Baig says, is "quite decent, on par with that of a PC-to-PC phone rival, Skype."
Thanks to Google for basing it on industry standards, too, instead of making it a closed system like Those Other Guys, which is rather stupid.
TMC's Uberblogger Tom Keating has test-driven Google Talk, finding it a "me-too" product, not overly impressive -- for one thing it doesn't support emoticons: "Sure, users want their browsing experience to be uncluttered, ad-free, with fast load times, but when it comes to instant messaging clients users want a graphically-rich client," Tom writes.
"They want their emoticons, they want the ability to search for their friends, etc. Google Talk doesn't support any emoticons," he points out. "That's unheard of for a serious IM client! Further, their search feature only searches your Gmail contacts and not Google's Gmail servers, so unlike Skype you can't search for long-lost friends or buddies."

MessageVine's Mobile IM also offers connectivity to other public IM networks such as MSN, AIM, Yahoo! and ICQ. MessageVine's product for Google Talk is available on a wide range of mobile platforms such as BlackBerry, Palm OS and Symbian OS and offers advanced features such as integration with Gmail.
Tomer Hertz, CEO of MessageVine said by integrating the Google Talk service into MessageVine's range of products "we allow Google Talk users to chat on-the-go."

MessageVine sells mobile instant messaging and presence products for mobile operators, service providers and enterprises. MessageVine's products include clients for all mobile devices including Windows Mobile, BlackBerry, Palm OS, Symbian OS, J2ME and BREW-powered devices, as well as IM and presence gateways, servers and hosted services.
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