After being available for N97 and N97 mini for a long time, the Nokia Messaging for IM (Chat) application ‘may be’ available for other touch devices as well. This IM App on the beta labs still says that it is currently available for N97 and mini, but I installed it on my Nokia 5800 and it worked (it’s still in beta, so it’s just about usable and nothing more).
Note that there’s a native IM app on Nokia 5800 but that would require you to manually define server settings for each IM service. Not any more with the new ‘Chat’ App. Try downloading it from the link above for your Nokia 5800 (I have my 5800 on V50 firmware) and see whether it installs or not (and my be other S60 V5 phones too).
Also see: Nokia Messaging for email
If it does, just choose the services that you want to use on the Chat App (as shown in the image) and login with your user name and password. There are only 4 services at present, G Talk, Y Messenger, MSN and Ovi.
As said before, the App is still in beta and looks to be darn slow to respond to instructions (even on WiFi). If you have many services enabled, it takes some time to navigate between those tabs. The IM itself appears to be very slow compared to third party apps like Fring or Nimbuzz. I tried IM’ing my gmail account from another account from my computer and it took some good seconds to appear on my mobile.
If you minimized the App and put it in the background, you have to refresh (again, takes a long time) manually to see who’s online the next time you open the App.
The look and UI of this Chat App is just fine and if there is one thing that is good, it is the alert that an IM produces even when the App is in the background.
Till this graduates and makes it to the Ovi Store (for 5800), I’ll stick with Fring.