Now, When Using Android, GTalk Status Icons Become Exactly that, Androids

November 20, 2009
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Okay, so this one is cool, it could be fun for many, but it could also mean a privacy attack to many others. What am I talking about? Well, about the new way to identify if you are using Android or not. First, lets check the image below to see what this is about.

Apparently, the way this works is; the green robot/android icon means you are online with Android. The green dot means that you are using regular Gmail chat. The orange robot means that you are using Android but currently away. And the red robot means you are a mad robot, no, I'm just joking, it means you are currently busy but still using Android.

So there you have it folks, Google has name this the Turn on Green Robot, which is a new experiment in Gmail Labs. Cool, right? Well, like I mentioned before, many will find this as an attack to their privacy. Let us know in the comments what you think about it.


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  • Anonymous

    Check ReChat (chat for android): http://refineandroid.doodlekit.com/
    – Facebook, Google Talk;
    – multiple accounts at once;
    – plain/bubble views. Customize avatar/font sizes.
    – font packs (download separate apk to keep memory).
    – full Unicode support;
    – favorites (always in contact list);
    – customize income message notification: default sound/your sound file, LED, vibration, status bar notification.
    – chat history. Export (email) selected messages, open chat messages, whole history for a contact, whole history for all contacts. Archive attachment with 7zip.

    Facebook features:
    – all non-chat permissions are revoked, customize period, “revoke now”.
    – upload image/short video (several share options)
    – send image/short video to a contact (private wall post).
    – send message to a contact (as a private event or private wall post).
    – set status message.

    Google Talk features:
    – showing total count of unread emails;
    – marking contacts with unread emails;
    – new email notification;
    – list of unread emails subjects (without content).