5 Best IM Clients For Android

There are number of IM chat clients available for Android that support famous services, such as, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Skype, Facebook, and so on. In this article we will review the best 5 (in no particular order) based on their effectiveness and capabilities.

Meebo

1Meebo is a popular IM app for Android to keep in touch with your friends across different services. You can chat on AIM, Facebook, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, MSN, MySpace, Yahoo and Meebo’s own chat client (requires sign-up) as well. You can view your online and offline friends, and your existing conversations with them. It allows you to update your status messages as well. With a decent UI, it’s very easy to use. Just put in your account credentials and you’re good to go. No special sign ups with Meebo are required (except when you want to use Meebo’s own chat client). (Free)

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Fring

Fring is another free Android IM app that lets user communicate with their friends on different internet services like Google Talk, Msn, ICQ, Yahoo, AIM, Facebook and Twitter. All of it is done via one integrated phone book. On the top of these IM features, users can make free voice and video calls as well. Account registration is required with Fring. (Free)

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eBuddy

2

EBuddy is famous in Europe and supports Yahoo, MSN, AIM, Google Talk, Facebook and ICQ. Although an eBuddy ID is required before you can add any IM service, this can be done by putting in your credentials with a single tap. The menu gives you options, such as, chat, email, text and offline messages. This app has configurable layout and themes. (Free)

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Nimbuzz!

3

Just like Ebuddy, Nimbuzz also requires users to sign up before using any IM service. Once created, the user can enjoy services like Google Talk, MSN, Skype, Facebook, Yahoo, AIM, ICQ and more. You can chat with your friends, start an online buddy call and send text messages. On the top of all, this app facilitates users to send photos, videos and files as well. Free calls can be made to online friends. Although the option to make calls anywhere is also available. Minutes can be purchased from Nimbuzz website which depends on the location you are calling to and from. (Free)

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Palringo

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Palringo is the only lesser-known IM app in the list and also the one with mixed reviews. The reason is because it requires a very good and highly reliable connection to work. It provides tight integration with MSN, Yahoo, Google Talk, AIM, GG, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook and iChat. Registration is required which takes less than a minute. Some other features of this app includes status updates, approve/deny pending friend requests from different services, send image, and create group chat. (Free)

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If you believe we missed some good apps, feel free to share them in the comments.

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  • http://www.ithinkdiff.com Imran Hussain

    No Beejive, Trillian or Google Talk in this list? whoa!

  • Dominick

    Are you joking or actually posting and being serious? haha. Beejive isn’t included because it’s an Apple app. Trillian? Who uses trillian anymore when theres Digsby!? Google talk? Awesome, but it only connects to Google talk.

    This post is on multi-client programs for THE ANDROID OPERATING SYSTEM.

    Anyway,

    Meebo is free(probably like the rest of them, but I haven’t checked) and it works good enough for me. Meebo for the win.

    • danska

      I use trillian for android and really like it. You do know trillian has an android app right?

  • J

    um…Beejive is made for droid now you know.

  • Droider

    Please try aLync, a new IM client for Android. You can connect with this application to Microsoft OCS/Lync, Google Talk, Yahoo! Messenger and MSN. It supports filetransfer, sms, calling and much more. It has an intuitive tabbed user interface which integrates very well with the gestures feature. One can download the app from the Market. More info at: http://www.alync.net

  • stefan

    I really don’t understand how people can be so willing giving out their IM account details to freeware apps. Really, It’s beyond me.

    Luckilly Meebo stands out!

  • Phil4

    Check ReChat (Android chat):
    – Facebook, Yahoo!®, Google Talk, Jabber/XMPP;
    – group chat (Yahoo!®, Google Talk, XMPP);
    – free SMS worldwide BETA (with replies for USA/Canada);
    – plain/bubble view, font packs, send image/video;

    Facebook features: upload image/video, send image/video, send message (as private event or wall post).
    Yahoo!® features: conferences (create/invite), add/remove contacts.
    Google Talk features: group chat, new email notification, unread emails w/o content.
    Jabber/XMPP features: rooms (create/invite), add/remove contacts.

  • varun

    i want an IM which does not show adds . its looking bad in screen.

  • mkanet

    Trilllian is the best multiplatform multi-protocol IM chat app. Not many people even know about it. I haven’t found anything better.

  • s_rohit

    With the SMS tariffs increasing I think it’s only natural for people to
    look out for other ways to stay in touch with friends, colleagues and family.
    I started using Photo4tune on a friend’s recommendation and now I feel addicted
    to this app. It has some of the coolest features of the other chat apps. It’s
    a combination of Facebook, Whatsapp and SnapChat so to speak. It can be
    downloaded from Google Playstore and this app comes loaded with premium
    features such as Fire messaging, Self Destruct features and also so many cool
    emoticons and stickers all for FREE! It’s definitely a must try app if you
    have a good internet connection and also love chatting. You can use it to
    create events and invite people. It can also be used as a office team group
    chat messenger. Try it out!