Beta Testing is Over, Stable Version of Trillian for iPhone Released
Article by George Norman
On 19 Nov 2009
The focus so far has been on desktop version of this multiprotocol instant messaging software application, Trillian Astra (version 4.1). Today is time to switch focus away from the desktop version and onto something a bit more mobile, like the iPhone-specific version of Trillian. Released as a Beta this summer, Trillian for iPhone has finally graduated to the big league. The final, stable version of Trillian for iPhone has been released; you can now get it straight from the App Store (download link at the bottom).

"We are proud to announce Trillian for iPhone, a native application for your iPhone and iPod Touch! With the advancements of iPhone OS 3.0 and our latest Astra technology, we are happy to be able to give you the best possible IM experience on your favorite mobile device. Trillian for iPhone is now available for purchase on the App Store, competitively priced at $4.99! This price is for all customers, including existing Trillian Pro users. Unlike desktop versions of Trillian, all mobile and web ports require the use of Cerulean servers and bandwidth to keep you connected and generate push notifications. In light of this, we felt a small fee was appropriate,” announced Cerulean Studios.


The final version of Trillian Astra for iPhone is simply a stable version of the Beta that was released this summer. Compared to the Beta, it does not bring any new features to the table, but that’s okay, since the Beta had quite a lot to boast about:

- A simple and straightforward UI (user interface) that displays all your IM contacts in an organized manner.
- The chat experience will be similar to the desktop version – bubble view for chat windows and tabs to chat with multiple contacts; set your avatar, status and status message; manage multiple identities and multiple IM connections.
- Trillian for iPhone will be permanently connected with the Astra server, meaning that you will benefit from instant synchronization across multiple platforms. For example, when you change your avatar in Trillian for iPhone, the change will be displayed in Trillian for Windows and your online Astra Profile. The same will happen when you add a new contact in Trillian for iPhone – the contact will be added to Astra for Windows as well.
- Sign in from multiple devices simultaneously. Cerulean Studios explains: “Trillian supports multiple devices utilizing the same IM services with the same usernames. Your Astra, AIM, and all XMPP-powered services will always be online without ever worrying about kicking another connection offline.”
- All your Trillian for iPhone sessions will be stored by Cerulean Studios’ Octopus server technology. This means that you will not lose any part of a conversation if you lose your internet connection or exit the application.
- Push Notification: this is a new feature in the iPhone OS 3.0 that allows you to be notified when you receive an instant message in Trillian - even if the app is closed at the moment.
- Favorites: because fitting 500+ contacts on the iPhone’s screen is an issue, Cerulean Studios launched a new feature called Favorites that allows you to set up a separate list of contacts you frequently chat with.
- Instant search on the contacts screen
- All open chats are readily available for you to view thanks to a new chats screen and a tabbed chat window.

If you would like to get Trillian for iPhone, you can grab it straight from the App Store here.

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