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).

Trillian-for-Android

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!

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(Thanks, Perry V.)

[Source: Cerulean Studios 1, 2]