Google Blogoscoped is reporting that Google seems to be rolling out the rumored AIM integration in Gmail Chat. The screenshot (which I’ve also posted below) shows a new section in the Gmail chat options tab with status information on AIM. I don’t have it yet, and neither does Philipp, but the hat-tip at the bottom of the Blogoscoped post hints that a forum user named Luka (who pointed out some information on the colored labels yesterday).
Google has added information on the AIM integration to their Help Center, noting that you still need an AIM account to use the feature. Since I already got one for use with a Jabber transport (I found a little trick to do that), I’ll be able to simply remove the transport and its associated contacts from my list. Or I can keep using the transport; it really depends on how the new feature works. After all, I don’t have to keep signing into the transport.
When Google said they’d be iterating faster, they weren’t kidding!
[Image credit: Luka from Google Blogoscoped]