Instant messaging has always been a great way to easily communicate with the people you care about. Now that more and more of us are splitting our time between work, home, and mobile devices, an annoying problem has cropped up – conversation fragmentation. Something you said at home gets lost when you settle into work; you’re fishing your phone out of your pocket to recall a link you received earlier; the grocery list you were responsible for landed on your work PC and you’re left all lost in the supermarket … the frustration goes on.
Build 30 ushers in a new era of interoperability – between devices themselves – which we’re calling the continuous client! Your chats can now be shared in realtime between all of your Trillian devices, meaning you can stand up from your desk, grab your phone, and keep chatting exactly where you left off. We’ve taken extra care to get all the tiny details right to make this experience awesome, and we hope you enjoy it. If you’re technically inclined, learn more about what makes this feature tick below!
- Trillian shares chats between all devices in realtime. Hop off the home computer and continue chatting on the couch via the family iPad. Seamlessly switch between your mobile phone and work computer throughout your work day.
- Trillian supports optional cloud-based storage of chats. A crashed hard drive won’t take years of chatting history with it, and new devices are instantly initialized and up-to-date with your chat history – even mobile phones!
- Trillian uses presence technology to know where you’re active and makes notification decisions accordingly. For example, stay on Trillian for Android all day at work and you’ll receive no C2DM notifications, buzzes, or sounds because you’re active on your desktop.
- Trillian works out-of-the-box on all major IM services that support multiple points of presence, regardless of their particular nuances. For example, some services send messages to devices marked ‘online’ and not ‘away’, and others target messages to individual devices. The result can mean fragmented or one-sided conversations depending on the device. Trillian deals with all of this for you and keeps your chat windows tidy and sane.
- Trillian keeps track of read and unread messages, so your desktop isn’t blinking when you return to it after a day of chatting on your mobile. Even cooler, if you walk away from your desktop and someone starts messaging you, your iPhone will update its badge count as soon as it realizes your desktop was left idle with N unread messages.
We would also like to thank Joshua Topolsky of Engadget for his great article on the continuous client, which helped crystallize much of our early thinking on what we could bring to the table. We hope you enjoy Build 30! We’ll be issuing updates to our other products to bring them up to speed shortly.