I’ve been complaining for quite awhile that Google Talk hasn’t been updated in ages (over a year), but the online version of the messaging clients have been receiving features quite regularly. Google recently added AIM support to Gmail Chat, group chatting is possible in both the Flash client and Gmail Chat, and the smilies available in both online messenger clients are way better than what Google Talk has.
Personally what I see Google doing is providing an inconsistent user experience across the board. Their Gmail Chat client has different features than the Flash client, and both of those are extremely different than the Google Talk client. No matter which version I choose to use I should get relatively the same experience, but in my eyes that’s not the case at all.
Google OS says that the Google Talk client may not be dead after all according to a Google engineer. They haven’t abandoned the application and a new version is supposedly on the horizon. However, there’s a good chance that it will disappoint me if they don’t manage to get all of the features packed into it that the online clients already have. For example, I want to be able to send someone a YouTube URL and have the video automatically embedded like the Flash client does.
Unfortunately there’s no word on a release date which means it could be available as soon as today, or a few years from now. I don’t think I’ll hold my breath.