Google has officially launched the new Google Talk chat client that has file transfer and voicemail capabilities. The test version of this build was available about three weeks ago and I have been using it ever since.
My favorite feature that it has is the file transfer capability. The best part about it is how it handles images that you share with others. If you drag 10 photos into the chat window they will instantly appear as thumbnails for you and the person you are chatting with. If you make your window larger then the images will also become larger to expose more details. However, the photos will only get so big which means you will eventually have to download them if you want to get a full screen version. The Google Talkabout Blog has a nice screenshot of how this works.
I am yet to use the voicemail because I don’t have a microphone hooked up to my computer at all times. It sounds pretty neat since you can leave messages that are up to 10 minutes long and it will get delivered straight to your friend’s GMail Inbox…whether they use Google Talk or not.
There is also a feature that will show other people what you are currently listening to. The concept is cool but this is one feature that I will never use. I don’t think anyone really cares what music I am listening to. :)
I forgot to mention that Google also started a Music Trends site that, if you choose, will share your music listening habits with them. That way everyone would be able to see what the hot songs are!