Google Babble rumored to unify messaging services under one brand

20 Mar

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Google will soon unify all its disparate chat services under a single banner called Babble, a new report says. The new service will be integrated throughout all of Google’s communication products, most of which have their own specific features and abilities, which are sometimes incompatible with each other.

According to Geek.com‘s “multiple sources,” Google will build Babble into everything from Google+ to Gmail. You’ll be able to share photos in live chats as well as start an Google+ Hangout with anyone in your contacts. Users will see the same type of chat window — with the same features — no matter what Google product they’re using.

The “grand unification” of Google’s myriad communication services is a long time coming. Anyone who uses Google Talk, Google+ Hangouts and Messenger, Google Voice and Google Drive’s chat function has probably been frustrated at some point about how different the multiple services are, and the need to switch services to reach various people. For example, you can’t currently start a Hangout from Google Drive.

 

Although Babble would be a boon to Google users, other services, such as Skype or AOL’s AIM, probably won’t get to share the love. As Geek notes, Google has been moving toward building its own closed communications platform, walling off other services that don’t use the same open-chat platform (called XMPP). However, the report says Babble will have notably good quality and performance.

When will Babble be officially unveiled? That would be at the Google I/O developer’s conference in May, Geek says, which makes a great deal of sense. That will also likely be when Google shows off the new version of Android “Key Lime Pie.”

Google declined to comment on the report.

What would you like to see in a unified Google chat service? Share your suggestions in the comments.

Correction: This article originally incorrectly reported that users couldn’t start a Google+ Hangout from Gmail. The reference has been corrected.

 

http://mashable.com/2013/03/19/google-babble/

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