Ionut says he’s heard from a Google engineer that the downloadable Google Talk client will be updated sometime in the near future. We can expect a completely new version of the program, one that may (from screenshots posted on Google Operating System last year) include the ability to call phones. Supposedly that functionality has been available “since long” inside Google.
There hasn’t been a Google Talk client update since it was upgraded to work with Windows Vista 14 months ago, and I’ve previously written about the new features introduced in Gmail Chat and the Talk Gadget not being added to the client. With this news from Ionut, though, I have renewed hope that I will soon see a reason to actually switch back to Google’s client from Pidgin.
Nobody seems to have a list of new features, or even an estimated release date, but that’s not unusual for Google; they seem to like keeping their release schedules private. But we will have a new version of the Google Talk client. It’s just a matter of time.