updated 10:05 am EDT, Thu July 3, 2008
Google Talk for iPhone
Google has announced the debut of a new version of Google Talk, its instant messaging program, now designed for the iPhone and iPod touch. The web application is said to be virtually unchanged in its new incarnation, but its graphic arrangement has been formatted to match the look and feel of other software on the iPhone. Google already offers a number of iPhone apps such as Gmail and Reader.
Google does note two deficiencies for the iPhone version of Talk: it must first be opened through Safari, so owners of 2.5G iPhones cannot chat and take phone calls simultaneously. The second is that whenever users switch away to another application or browser window, Talk will automatically switch status to "unavailable."