Android: Google's Hangouts app is a handy, if somewhat lacking messenger app. Now, it's getting quick replies and home screen shortcuts for specific contacts. Neat!
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Mac OS X only: Adium, the popular, open-source, multi-protocol chat application for OS X, updates today to version 1.3.6 with vulnerability fixes and a new and improved Facebook chat plug-in—that is, it's a small but solid update both on the feature and fix front. If you're an Adium user, go to Adium -> Check For Updates to get the latest and greatest.
A few weeks ago Facebook promised to start slowly rolling out chat, and it just hit my account today. (If it's enabled for you, check it out in the lower right hand corner when you're logged into Facebook.) It reminds me of Gmail's built-in chat—it's on by default, your contacts populate your chat buddy list, and you can use it without downloading a separate client. (You can also "pop-out" the chat window to save a tab.) Facebook is much more about social networking than Gmail, which makes it ripe for chatting, but in the short time it's been in existence, Gmail chat's earned lots of loyal followers. When it comes to web-based chat, which do you prefer?