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January 22, 2009

Comparison of Google Talk's Official Clients

Google has way too many separate implementations of Google Talk and very few features are available in all clients:


Features / implementations
Google Talk
Gadget
Labs Edition
Gmail Chat
iGoogle and orkut iPhone version
Requires installing software
Yes (Windows)
Flash plug-in
Yes (Windows)
No (some features require plug-ins)
No
No
Tabs
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Themes
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Gmail notifications
Yes
No
Yes
No
No
No
Calendar notifications
No
No
Yes
No
No
No
Invisible status
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Music track status
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Text chat
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Multi-user chat
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No
Features / implementations
Google Talk
Gadget
Labs Edition
Gmail Chat
iGoogle and orkut iPhone version
Copy the text of a message
Yes
No
No
Yes
Yes
No
Saving messages to Gmail
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes
Audio chat
Yes
No
No
Yes
No
No
Voicemail
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
Video chat
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
Send SMS
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
AIM integration
No
No
No
Yes
No
No
File transfer
Yes
No
No
No
No
No
View photos (Flickr, Picasa Web)
No
Yes
Yes
No
No
No
Play videos (YouTube, Google Video)
No
Yes
Yes
Yes
No
No

You can also use any other client that supports Jabber, but most of the features above won't be available.

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