GTalk, GMoney


Put this one in the category – breaking but unconfirmed news. A tipster says that the seven-person Google Talk aka GTalk team has won Google’s Founder Award, which means not only recognition within the company, but also some serious GMoney. Google spokesperson declined to comment and in an email pointed out that the company did not “publicize the names or projects that have been given Founder’s Awards.”

I don’t know who exactly is on the Gtalk team but from the Google Talk blog, once could point to Mary Himinkool (new business development), and a bunch of software engineers including Jon Perlow, Joe Beda, Gayle Laakmann and Brian McBarron.Gtalk team has been working furiously to make the Gtalk client more useful. Like releasing a version of the client for Nokia’s 770 Internet Tablet device in addition to a special version for Blackberry. My wishlist – a GTalk client for Symbian.



Would love to have gtalk on my symbian thats made by the creators. Who knows the program better then the creator. Would love to also connect to the voip that comes with e65 with gtalk.


Just casting my vote for a full VOIP Google Talk client for Symbian.

Andreas Ehn

RYK, what is a security problem to you is a useful feature to others. I appreciate the ability to use more than one XMPP client with the same JID simultaneously, as opposed to most other IM networks. If you’re worried about your messages being exposed, just log out or lock your computer when leaving home.


I’m not impressed with Gtalk. Its a weak and underdeveloped client.

It also has a SECURITY PROBLEM: if you are logged in from home and the log in from office, it dosen’t log you out and messages received from friends appear on the home Gtalk as well!


Gtalk is a well optimized application. I like it’s style as it is. I think a send/receive money button next to the email, call button is just question of time. GBuy first. BTW since google/gtalk uses jabber, everybody can connects to it’s network with a simple iChat or anything else. It’s a more clever solution than to make a war like what sony does with their own formats like blue ray or memorystick. It’s just good to be compatible.

Randhir Reddy

They’ve done a great job on UI, i absolutely love it for its simplicity. But they’ve been slow on adding features. Guess they’re working on making it compatible most of the platforms and mobile devices.


To each his or her own, there are so many apps to choose from. It’s all about integration from this point on.


I’m surprised. GTalk has been very low key. It’s still a very undeveloped app and has very few features. I visit the GTalk blog regularly, only to see something new about once or twice a month.

I’m sure lots of things are in the works, but we sure haven’t seen them yet.

Vivek Puri

As for the blackberry, only if blackberry could support wifi and wireless on the same device, and we could use Google Talk to really Talk(i dont get wireless signal at my home :( but do have wifi :)

Dave Zatz

Instead of increasing the amount of devices supported, I’d rather see them increase the amount of IM networks supported.

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