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Google Talk is offering an update today, according to reports, that will enable users to easily transfer files, set presence with music, and send and receive voice mails. According to the article its also Google Talk’s first birthday. We haven’t checked out the upgrade because it […]

Google Talk is offering an update today, according to reports, that will enable users to easily transfer files, set presence with music, and send and receive voice mails. According to the article its also Google Talk’s first birthday. We haven’t checked out the upgrade because it doesn’t look like its available on the site as of yet. But we’re eagerly waiting to see it. Google’s blog says the upgrade has been available only to select Google users for a few weeks.

Update: Google updated its blog about Google Talk’s new features and explains the easy drag-n-drop for files and photo sharing — drag into an open GTalk chat window and when the other chatter accepts, the file starts moving.

Perhaps new features could help bring in more Google Talk users beyond its somewhat small userbase. Though, we’re thinking it’s not as small as the recent Comscore figures of 44,000 in the U.S, and we’re still waiting for an update of those numbers too. Some of these features are already pretty common on other IM clients in the U.S., but really utilized on an IM application like SK Communication’s NateOn. It’s also part of the trend of some demographics turning to IM to manage their online communications instead of email.

Last weekend we were on Google’s Mountain View WiFi network using Google Talk to easily chat with friends. Together it’s a killer combo–free and easy.


  1. Does Google intend to stay off the PSTN?

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  2. This is old news. I’ve has the music presence on my gtalk for a few weeks now.

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  3. Thanks. I’ll check it out, and update the post.

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  4. The voicemail addition is pretty compelling. But until it becomes more widely adopted, it’s still just a glorified mail alert system to me. I’d love to use it, if anyone else I knew got themselves a headset.

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  5. I just don’t find the existing interface of gtalk very polished. Hopefully the new interface will be more crispier.

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  6. Actually, i like Google Talk just for the fact that it works the best amongst Skype / Yahoo IM and the host of other IM tools when we need to talk to India ! For some reason, Google Talk has the best performance.

    Also, it is such a light install that it really makes a lot of difference especially when the download speeds in most places are still slow.

    Having said that, I always felt that it needed the Voice Mail feature (i am not so much hooked up onto sending files) and now that they have it, they should be able to improve their Comscore rankings :)

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  7. The beauty of GTalk—as in most of Google’s other apps—is in its simplicity and ease of use. I doubt you will ever see this app get loaded with a bunch of useless crap like AIM’s emoticons, etc. Google will likely leave that up to developers.

    The voicemail (integrated with GMail) and file sharing features are clean and efficient. Not sure why they went with music player presence, though. Perhaps to appeal to a broader universe of users?

    I work in a small office, and GTalk has become an ESSENTIAL part of our daily workflow process. To the point now that if forced, we might pay for it. But don’t tell Google that.

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  8. I am sure those of you who are using Google talk will have no problems when you get an ad based on the context of your phone call. Imagine Goog interrupting your conversation with a little jingle to remind you buy something…to far fetched? Maybe..but with Google, nothing is free.

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  9. I am sure those of you who are using Google talk will have no problems when you get an ad based on the context of your phone call. Imagine Goog interrupting your conversation with a little jingle to remind you buy something…to far fetched? Maybe..but with Google, nothing is free.

    For those of you who are going to say the TOS says they do not that – fine. Those of us who read GigaOm and other blogs realize this but the masses do not. That is whom I am referring to.

    I would be curious to hear others take on this…

    Love the new format!

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