Details Leaking Out About Google Babel

More emoticons, easier switching from Chats to Hangouts — are you psyched yet?

Details continue to leak out about Google's new unified messaging service, called Babel. The official announcement will likely come at their I/O developer event in mid May, but the service has popped up in some Google+ user accounts and through leaks from employees via Techradar.

As Fast Company reported back in March, per Geek.com, leaked reports that Google would release "Babble," surfaced, implying that they would link their messaging services, which would provide competition for Facebook's new Home messaging features, and Apple's iMessage.

Some of the newly leaked screenshots show new emoticons and that Gmail chat is now more fully integrated with Google+, so flitting between Hangouts and Chats won't be so cumbersome. Another bonus is the ability to embed pictures in chat. Finally, we will be able to universally access all of our Google communication tools from one place.

Would you use it? Tell us in the comments.

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  • Juan Gabriel Perez

    If it can become integrated into SMS or text messages I think it'd be a great program....but if it's through a separate application/screen I don't know how much power it will have. The beauty of iMessages is that it is integrated with the Text/SMS service and default client and emjoi's work seamless throughout the iphone (something Android needs to adapt still). As for FB the following for FB is huge and does not differ across mobile platforms. 
    The key for Google will be to seamlessly integrate Babel with the default (or Go sms etc..) Messaging program, applying the emoji trend to the android sms service, and something cool would be if Google could figure out a way to send iMessages from the Android platform (Purchase of Whatsapp would probably be a benefit for google...but who knows how that's going ;)  ) 

  • Juan Gabriel Perez

    If it can become integrated into SMS or text messages I think it'd be a great program....but if it's through a separate application/screen I don't know how much power it will have. The beauty of iMessages is that it is integrated with the Text/SMS service and default client and emjoi's work seamless throughout the iphone (something Android needs to adapt still). As for FB the following for FB is huge and does not differ across mobile platforms. 

    The key for Google will be to seamlessly integrate Babel with the default (or Go sms etc..) Messaging program, applying the emoji trend to the android sms service, and something cool would be if Google could figure out a way to send iMessages from the Android platform (Purchase of Whatsapp would probably be a benefit for google...but who knows how that's going ;)  ) 

  • James R Moreau

    I'd use it. I like my personal communications to be interdependent of my social networks.