Google Talk Unleashed
May be I am too late to post some reviews or comments on google talk, but anyways I would like to post the complete picture and some reviews about it since launch till now.
News.com broke the story yesterday and you can get a full review with lots of screen shots here.
The Google intro on an invitation I received from a friend said:
Google Talk is a downloadable Windows application that lets
you send instant messages to your friends and make free phone calls over an internet connection. Google Talk offers excellent voice quality and works with any computer speaker and microphone.
Google Talk, a simple, ad free, non complex IM client is what most people i talk to want, Google has accomplished this with their client on top of the jabber server. Open source at its finest, with no fancy stuff to get in the way.
Google Talk, Google's long-expected entry into the IM and VoIP market, is a full-fledged IM client based on the open Jabber protocol with VoIP thrown in for good measure. It offers:
1) Basic IM capabilities,
2) high-quality and easy to use VoIP,
3) complete integration with Gmail, and
4) A simple, ads-free interface.
OTHER COOL FEATURES:
1) Google IM's memory usage, 10MB. Yahoo and MSN cannot compare, light apps are surely welcome, shows that programmers took their time on making sure it was efficient
2) When you have multiple IM windows open, they show up in a neat sliding interface which you can dock to the buddy list, "roll up," or tear away. The whole affair is the picture of simplicity and intuitiveness we've come to expect of Google, and is downright attractive to boot.
3) The VOIP quality of Google talk is about that of gizmo, which is better than skype. Best of all it doesn't require ports, MSN messenger does.
4) It has signal indicators like your cellphones do! You need at least 1 level in the signal indicator for the voices to be transmitted across. And of course, the stronger the signal is, the better the quality is.
What it does not provides?
1) No emoticons :(
2) Skype has recently improved tremendously its voice quality. Google Talk currently allows you to make PC to PC calls only, but it's just a matter of time before they expand it to PC to phone.
3) Google Talk, which is being released in a beta test version, works only on PCs running Windows 2000 and Windows XP. Eventually, the company plans to release a version for Apple's Mac OS X.
4) Voice chat requires that both the caller and recipient have speakers and a microphone hooked up to their computers. It does not currently offer an adapter to which regular phones can be connected.
5) One key piece of information here is the fact that Google’s Jabber implementation doesn’t currently support encryption. From their website:
Google Talk currently does not encrypt chats or calls. But we are working hard
to make many improvements to Google Talk while it is in beta, and we plan to
fully support encryption of chats and calls before our official release.
Geeks in particular might notice that the Google Talk service runs on the open XMPP protocol.
Since, Extensible Messaging and Presence Protocol (XMPP) is the IETF's formalization of the base XML streaming protocols for instant messaging and presence developed within the Jabber community starting in 1999, so it could bridge some of the divisions among chat clients, but first AOL, Yahoo! and MSN would have to agree to open up their software.
So even though many people will log on using Google Talk, you can also use iChat, GAIM, Trillian, Adium, Psi, or another one of the many great XMPP clients out there.
Google is keenly interested in keeping the protocol open, and in fact you can access Google Talk's servers with any Jabber-compatible client like Trillian, Gaim, Adium X, and iChat. (If you have one of these, I'm told you can connect using server talk.google.com and port 5222.)
Future GTalk Plans
"Google tells us that SIP support is coming soon and are in talks with Skype, AOL, and Yahoo! concerning interoperability.
Another big feature they're working on is "joint search," which would allow two or more Google Talk buddies using Google and surfing the web together. This would be a natural segue to the fabled Google Browser, but there is as yet no confirmation from Google.
Google also tells us that they don't yet have solid plans on making money with the service, but plan on using it to drive users to Gmail. "
But, AOL's messaging program has about 41.6 million U.S. users, followed by Yahoo Messenger with 19.1 million and MSN Messenger with 14.1 million, according to ComScore Media Metrix's July report (http://www.kron4.com/Global/story.asp?S=3757295). Lets see how much these stat changes after Gtalk.:D
Using Google Talk with Gaim:
Using Google Talk on MAC:
2) Google Talk vs Spkype = http://www.start.com.my/blog/?q=google_talk_vs_skype
Lets see whats next with Google?