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[Android] Best free instant messenger
Posted By Ashraf On May 22, 2011 @ 4:27 PM In Best Free Android Apps | 6 Comments
Gtalk is built into Android. However, what if not all your friends use Gtalk? Must you download one app for every instant messaging platform out there? Heck no. In this article we review and recommend the best free instant messenger app, allowing you to keep in contact with all your friends easily.
App Name: Trillian  
Developer: Cerulean Studios, LLC
Download Size: 1.3 MB
Version Reviewed: v126.96.36.199
Requires: Android 1.6 and up
Instant messaging is fragmented; everybody and their mother has developed and manages their own instant messaging protocol/system. Having one app that allows users to connect with all of their contacts in one location is very handy; if this said app is battery efficient, it is a winner. Trillian is just that.
There are many multi-protocol instant messaging apps available on Android. I myself have tried multiple different ones. For the most part, they are all very similar. After all, how many different ways can you chat with friends? What has kept me using Trillian, and what has been the main force behind naming it best free instant messaging app, is its battery efficiency.
Prior to using Trillian, I dabbed in the likes of Meebo, eBuddy, and Nimbuzz. After using Trillian I noticed the stark difference between battery consumption. Even if I had Trillian running all day – running in battery saving mode, of course – battery drain would be miniscule compared to the competition. Indeed I was very pleasantly surprised.
Update: The latest version of Trillian drains more battery than previous versions. However, Trillian’s battery usage – when on battery saving mode – is still less than the competition, in my experience.
(Note: I am not saying Trillian consumes no battery at all. Obviously an app that continually pings external servers will use up battery. What I am saying is Trillian consumes less battery than the competition, in my experience.)
Trillian isn’t perfect, though. I primarily spent my time using Trillian v188.8.131.525; it had some bugs that would force it to crash sometimes. The bugs were annoying, but nothing that “break the deal”. I have not spent too much time with the latest v184.108.40.206 so I don’t know if the bugs have been fixed or not. However, even if the bugs have not been fixed, Trillian’s battery savings far outweigh any bugs/annoyances it may have.
Lastly, I would like to comment on Trillian’s black color scheme. On one hand, having a black themed messenger is a plus for some users; users who’s phones have AMOLED, Super AMOLED, or Super AMOLED Plus screens because those screens don’t use any battery when showing black. On the other hand, it is a negative for users that prefer lighter-colored themes. I do hope Cerulean Studios adds an optional light-colored theme to Trillian in the future for the latter group of users.
Overall, Trillian is the best multi-platform instant messaging client on Android, hands down.
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 Best Free Android Apps: http://dottech.org/best-free-android-apps
 Best Free Instant Messenger: #bestfree
 Alternatives: #alternatives
 Trillian: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ceruleanstudios.trillian.android
 Image: http://dottech.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/qrcode_trillian.png
 Meebo IM: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.meebo
 eBuddy Messenger: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.ebuddy.android
 Nimbuzz: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.nimbuzz
 imo instant messenger: https://market.android.com/details?id=com.imo.android.imoim
 IM+: https://market.android.com/details?id=de.shapeservices.impluslite
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