If you’ve tried accessing Google Talk lately on your phone, tablet, or computer, you’ve probably noticed that it’s not quite working right – or at all. The service is currently down, and has been for at least three hours, with no resolution in sight. Most people are able to at least access the service, but calls and IMs are not going through, and some people are even reporting that they’re no longer even able to see their friend lists anymore.
Here’s what Google has to say about the issue:
We’re aware of a problem with Google Talk affecting a majority of users. The affected users are able to access Google Talk, but are seeing error messages and/or other unexpected behavior. We will provide an update by 7/26/12 6:50 AM detailing when we expect to resolve the problem. Please note that this resolution time is an estimate and may change.
That was over two hours ago, and Google has since said that it’s simply “continuing to investigate this issue.”
Google Talk is not the only service that’s affected, however. One of my favorite VOIP applications, GrooVe IP, is also experiencing issues as a direct result. In fact, the developer recently had this to say on Facebook:
Google Talk currently is experiencing a massive outage affecting a majority of Google Talk users. Since the app connects through Google Talk this will affect calls through GrooVe IP. When Google resolves the issue calls should also work properly again.
Hopefully, whatever the issue is, it will get resolved then. Until then, we’re just left to wait and see.