Trillian has been around for quite a long time. This isn't a hip teen's chat client - it's their father's. No seriously, many of the people who used this IM client back when it was fresh are old enough to have children now. Trillian came to fame at a time when consolidating chat clients into one piece of software was almost a necessity on consumer desktops, as running several of the official messengers at once was such a memory hog.

Trillian sits next to iPods with click wheels and Myspace as groundbreaking products that now live on in the same vein as child stars. It's generally a surprise to Wiki them and discover that they're still around. Well, Trillian is still here, and it's donned a new UI for its upgrade to version 2.0.

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If the screenshots above don't look particularly exciting, that's because they aren't. In Trillian's early Windows days, it was willing to wear all the latest trends, allowing users to apply any number of themes. But as it aged, it set aside its baggy pants and chain wallet for a pair of slacks. The desktop version integrates with both Windows and Mac, and now the Android version is equally holo-friendly. In addition to its new threads, the app brings in a number of other updates that make it easier to chat with and manage multiple contacts.

What's new:

• Modernized user interface with ICS+ compatibility.

• Easily start group chats with your friends who also use Trillian.

• Optionally import names and photos from your address book.

• For the Trillian network, appear as mobile to your Trillian contacts.

• Shiny new emoticons.

• Manage and view all connected devices.

• Compatibility with in-house Trillian Server deployments.

• Improvements for Yahoo! and MSN connectivity.

Most Android devices are fast enough to handle multiple chat clients running at once, but if you would like to tidy up by consolidating things a bit, Trillian is available for free, and it's still raring to do the job.

Thanks, Paul W.

Bertel King, Jr.
Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • UtopiaNH

    I may need to check this out, IM+ has been having issues with skype and lagging a lot.

    • oRRs

      Unfortunately, Trillian for Android doesn't support Skype at all, so don't bother ;)

      • UtopiaNH

        Ah, damnit. Can you recommend any others that do what Trillian and IM+ pro do including AIM, Skype messenger, and Gtalk support?

        I want to try something else.

    • Christopher Robert

      why are you using skype? Hangouts is much smoother. Seriously i'm curious why anyone would use any other message service besides hangouts. Its free, its got text, voice calling and video chat. Everyone who has an android phone already has an account, and it is not integrated into some 3rd party battery draining app.

      • UtopiaNH

        I use a multimessenger, including Gtalk, Skype, and AIM since I have friends on all the services. It's got nothing to do with the product. I refuse to use the skype app as a standalone since its terrible and a battery drain.

      • Sqube

        I think mostly because there are plenty of people who just... won't. And for all the people who are using Hangouts, there are plenty of people using iMessage and not seeing why they should bother using anything else.

      • qriusme

        hangouts doesn't show if your friends are online/available. such a basic thing to miss.

        • twistkill

          It does actually. The offline avatars will be kind of faded or hazed out. The online ones will be regular. The ones currently typing/active with other hangout will have a thick green line below the avatar. :)

      • Brandon Vaughn

        Oh, I don't know, maybe a lot of his friends use skype? Because maybe people don't want to constantly change to a different service? Can Hangouts support multiuser calls, and persistant multiuser chat groups? There're plenty of reasons to use something.

        • Christopher Robert

          Yes hangouts can support multiuser calls and persistant multiuser chat groups.

      • derp

        I still use whatsapp due to a few of my friends not getting notifications on hangouts till recently.

        Also whatsapp has a lot more features like locations, contacts, video, audio etc..etc.. Also still cant zoom in on photos in hangouts for some odd reason.

        Maybe in 6-12 months when they add a bit more to hangouts we might revisit it but at the moment its pretty far behind most other messaging clients out there. Its only benefit is that you can use it on tablet and pc.

  • https://twitter.com/#!/thedeusexmakina [J. B. cyruz]

    I've been using Trillian for years and I'm a fan but this update looks terrible to me. The whole contacts integration is something I never wanted to see. I'm gonna have a hard time using Trillian on my phone now.

  • fonix232

    Finally, we've been only waiting for this update for like, what? A year? Or two?

  • http://www.innews.dk/ Erroneus

    It's a nice update, but Trillian lately has been buggy both on PC and Mac, and the point of Trillian, is having one IM for different platforms, which sadly the company clearly has trouble maintaining.

  • GraveUypo

    i used trillian on my desktop up until when msn died. and i used a really, really old version. i think it was 3.0 lite or some shit.

  • Freak4Dell

    I wish I could say I was excited, but I can't. I used Trillian for years, but nowadays, I only fire it up when I need to do IRC. I rarely use any chat network other than Google's anymore, and so I just use Hangouts now. I'd use Trillian if I could, but it never supported any of the advanced features of Talk, like voice and video chat and group chat, and it certainly won't be supporting any of that for Hangouts anytime soon. I most likely won't even be installing this, because I just don't see the point anymore. Cerulean Studios is way behind, and I think it's too late to get back to the top now.

  • Primalxconvoy

    The Google play reviews are awash with negativity. It seems key features and probs have been omitted and the white skin is the only visual option (no dark).

  • http://www.baronsofbullshit.com/ seriosbrad

    I've been using Trillian for 10 years, basically almost since its existence. I will use it in place of all other IM clients for the rest of my life simply because all their interfaces are bloat. But, Trillian has one main fault. They are incredibly slow at fixing or integrating IM protocols, I'm talking years of not getting protocols to work. Which is why we haven't seen Skype on Trillian for Android.