Google applications are known for being simple and clean, while not getting in the way of your work. Google Talk for BlackBerry, much like its Web and desktop counterparts, helps you communicate efficiently without getting in the way.
Interface, Options, and Use
When you install and launch the Google Talk application, you will immediately notice how much it resembles the Google Talk desktop application. Once you've logged in, you will also notice immediate similarities to the Google Chat embedded in Gmail. The Friends list offers features you expect, and you can adjust the settings to show or hide Offline, Blocked, or Unsubscribed friends. You can choose to sort friends by status, show their pictures in the friend list, and link your Google Talk contacts with your existing BlackBerry contacts.
Google Talk is a very fast application, and never seemed to slow down the BlackBerry Torch. It is also fully touchscreen enabled. Much like Facebook and Twitter, you can opt to let Google Talk chats integrate into your inbox, so you can see new IMs there. RIM has also integrated the application into the Unified Search on BlackBerry 6, so your Google Talk friends will appear in search results.
Google has introduced VoIP chat into the Gmail Chat client, and the ability to make VoIP calls directly from the BlackBerry application would really make it a super app. If RIM decides to add front-facing cameras to their devices in the future, Google Talk’s video chat feature will compete directly with Apple's FaceTime application.
- Fully touchscreen enabled
- Quick and responsive
- Has a familiar look and feel
- Unified Search enabled
- Cannot place VoIP calls directly from application
Like most Google applications for the BlackBerry, Google Talk is simple, responsive, and does exactly what you expect it will. It allows you to exchange instant messages with your friends in an easy-to-use interface. RIM has done a good job of integrating it into BlackBerry 6, and hopefully they will continue to integrate new Google Talk features into the app as Google rolls them out.