Google Babel Rumoured for May Launch

by Istvan Fekete on April 10, 2013

Rumour has it that Google is working on a cross-platform messaging service called Babel to connect all of its existing communication products, starting with Google Talk through Hangouts, Voice and Google+ Messenger. The result: a single, synced conversation list across all of your devices. This is if the rumours are true, of course.

As Google has admitted, it failed to meet its own standards in terms of mobile communication, and one source whispered to Digital Trends that it aims to redress this with the acquisition of WhatsApp, a popular messaging application available for all platforms.

Well, the rumour was debunked by the messaging company, as WhatsApp’s business development head, Neeraj Arona, informed AllThingsD they are not negotiating with Google.

This means Google fans will need to place their bets on what the search giant will present during the I/O event. According to The Verge’s sources, what Google plans to introduce is “like iMessage on steroids”. I wonder if it will indeed stand out in terms of privacy like iMessage does.

What could be outstanding, though, is platform independence: the blog says all the signs suggest Google Babel will be available on Android, Chrome, iOS and inside the Gmail Web client. And it is aiming to set the bar higher in the messaging app landscape.

The whispers about Google unifying its messaging platforms into a single service came from last month under the name of Babble. The app was scheduled to be unveiled at the Google I/O in May.

We could see a few image leaks showing some details, and Android Police has pointed to a search of the Chromium bug group, which contains multiple references to the name. TechRadar also received image leaks showing Babel’s Gmail and Android interfaces.

In other words, everything is in line for a May launch, except the Google Voice feature, which, it is said, will be incorporated further down the road. Also, Babel seems to be following Google Maps and Gmail as a “first-class iOS experience”, as Google opted for maximum market penetration. Considering the maps debate — Apple Maps vs. Google Maps: ousting Gmaps from iOS helped Google build a better app for iOS – that means a great user experience for iOS users.

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