Cerulean Studios, maker of the popular chat client Trillian, has released the first public beta build of Trillian for Android. For the uninitiated: Trillian lets you connect to multiple IM and social networks at the same time, allowing you to manage contacts and real-time status feeds efficiently. And when we say “multiple,” we mean pretty much all of them:

  • Windows Live
  • Yahoo
  • Facebook Chat
  • AIM
  • GTalk
  • ICQ
  • MySpace IM
  • Jabber
  • Astra Account

Trillian already has mobile clients for Blackberry and the iPhone, and finally Android is joining the fray. The program/app is free (although there’s a paid “Pro” version available for the PC, and they'll likely charge for the mobile app when the beta is up).


Currently, the app isn’t available in the market yet (presumably because it’s beta), but Cerulean has set up a page providing installation options:

Instructions to download Trillian for Android

Option 1: Scan the QR code below using your Android phone.

Option 2: Visit the following link using your Android browser: http://trillian.im/get/android/

Make sure you have enabled "Unknown sources" within Settings->Applications on your phone. Once the download finishes, find the Trillian application on your phone and click it to install Trillian and being chatting!

QR code for http://www.trillian.im/get/android/trillian.apk

Word on the street is that things work pretty well, though as a beta product it’s sure to have some bugs. The company promises to fix any issues and work on speed and performance over the coming weeks, so we’re sure things will get even better pretty quickly. As usual, if anyone takes the dive, be sure to let us know how things work!



(Thanks, Perry V.)

[Source: Cerulean Studios 1, 2]

Aaron Gingrich
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  • Matthew

    not built for os 1.5

  • http://www.anivision.org xcom923

    This is made for 1.6+ which is most all android devices. BUT it has not worked bast login for me and my Evo. Some people have reported this program working just fine on N1 but I can't get it to work with my Evo, I also wonder how it works with other sense enabled devices.

    • http://www.AndroidPolice.com Artem Russakovskii

      I can't log in on my EVO either - says 'bad password'. I even copy pasted the pw from a notepad and same result.

      The dumb part is that Trillian for Web doesn't even have a Change Password option, so for now I'm SOL it seems like.

  • Subaru Man

    I now have this installed on my Incredible and it is worked excellent. It is working with my Astra, G-Talk, and AIM accounts. Facebook appears to work, but I need to mess with my Facebook options to allow Facebook Connect.

    I'm seriously pleased with this.

  • Jenny Averly

    I downloaded and installed the Trillian beta for Android onto my HTC EVO yesterday (August 19th) and so far I've been consistently connected to AIM, Facebook Chat, and GTalk without any issues. No force closes, no errors, and not once have I been disconnected to any of the services. Not to mention I haven't had the need to charge my phone since 8am yesterday. My current battery charge is all the way up at 76%, so it would appear as though there's little battery consumption at all with the beta version. Trillian is working great and I would consider myself an average user, casually browsing the internet, using applications here and there, checking my email, chatting away all day, and overall loving this A LOT! Thank you Trillian!! :)

    • Aaron Gingrich

      Awesome to hear it's working so incredibly well for you. Are you rooted, and if so, are you running a custom ROM?

      • Jenny Averly

        Not rooted. Just running the latest 2.2 Froyo update :)

        Also, I happen to use an application called "SystemPanel" which allows me to manage all the running services and shows me all sorts of graphical information about the usage of my phone over time. Very handy and a great way to see what consumes the most CPU/battery life.

        Wish everyone lots of luck with the new beta!

        • Aaron Gingrich

          Very cool, and again, glad to hear it's working for ya' :)

  • DaveS

    down loades fine ,took my logon and recognisd it but the program wont work. did not dounload my contacts. trying to use on eris:firmware2.1