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ICQ, a still popular IM network that started it all, today released the official ICQ Mobile For Android v1.0.0 application to the Android Market.

While ICQ hasn't been at the top for a while, it still remains popular in Europe, and Russia specifically, with 100s of millions of registered accounts and 50 million active users as of 2008.

History

In 1996, ICQ became the first Internet-wide instant messaging service, changing the Internet chat, previously dominated by IRC, forever.

AOL acquired Mirabilis, the company behind ICQ, on June 8, 1998 for $407 million and then 12 years later (April 2010) sold it to Digital Sky Technologies of Russia for $187.5 million. Shockingly, in an unprecedented series of events, AOL lost more than half the money it paid more than a decade ago - something that has never happened to the company before! (:sarcasm:)

ICQ has been compatible with the AIM protocol since 2000. It has also been supported by a multitude of multi-network chat clients, such as Pidgin, Digsby, Adium, Meebo, and Trillian for a long time.

However, it's nice to finally see the official app show up, supported by the core developers.

Features

Here is what's going on with version 1.0:

  • runs on any version of Android above 1.5
  • supports ICQ chat, managing your contact list, editing your profile, and updating your status
  • also supports Facebook Chat
  • it's light, at only 845KB
  • greets you with a freaking horn when you log in (I kid you not)

Overall, it's a very light-weight, fast, and simple client, though polished enough to be usable on a daily basis.

Check out some screenshots:

 

Scan this QR code with Barcode Scanner to download ICQ from the Market:

QR code for market://search?q=pname:com.icq.mobile.client

Source: ICQ Mobile For Android app

Artem Russakovskii
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  • James

    It belongs in the 90s..

  • http://www.droiddirt.com Droid Digger

    Does it suck the life out of a battery like every other Instant Messaging App?

  • Lowkey

    I still occansionally use my ICQ account to stay in contact with a small number of people, but hasn't the time for single protocol IM clients passed?

    Google should implement XMPP transports on their Gtalk servers, so you could use your google account as a hub for all your IM accounts.

  • Andrei

    ICQ is the better IM ever! I loved this app coz I can stay in touch with my icq friends and Facebook contacts!

  • http://lnx.hipicaparaiso.com edu

    en htc wildfire no se descarga, alguien tiene la aplicación apk para poder instalarla? por favor enviadmelo a eduardo@hipicaparaiso.com