Android: The desktop version of Trillian Astra is one of our favourite desktop IM clients, and now you can get the same polished, account-syncing, tabbed-messaging IM client on your Android phone.
Trillian has been out on the iPhone for a little while now, but unlike the iPhone, Android doesn't have a feature-packed, over-the-top awesome IM client like Beejive to compete with it. Even in beta, Trillian brings a few things to the table that currently no.1 eBuddy has yet to implement, so its release is exciting for IM-hungry smartphone users.
The first and best thing about Trillian, at least if you're a desktop user, is that all you need to do is sign in with your Astra account to get all your accounts, custom names and avatars in your phone's IM client. Furthermore, Trillian already has photo sharing built-in, as well as the ability to push notifications of new IMs to your email if Trillian is suspended. The fact that it's merely in beta and is already giving other clients a run for their money makes us happy and excited to see even more great features added in the near future. And, of course, if you already use Trillian on the desktop, it's a no-brainer.
Trillian Beta is a free download for Android devices running 1.6 and higher. It's not available in the Market, so make sure you allow your device to accept non-market apps and then scan the QR code to the right to download.
Republished from Lifehacker.