We’ve been hearing rumblings of a purported Google chat service coming soon, and today Droid-Life has shed some more light on the situation. The service, which has been dubbed Babble in the press but known as “Babel” internally, is set to merge all of Google’s current voice and messaging services in one cross-platform solution.
Google is grooming Babel to offer new features such as a conversation based UI, advanced group conversations, the ability to send pictures as well as improved notifications across devices. The service will combine Google services such as Google Talk and Google+ Messenger, and more than likely Google Voice. Babel will be available for a variety of platforms, including iOS, Android, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail.
The Babel moniker is an interesting one, and probably has more meaning than just a catchy name for Google. There are biblical connotations, but I would like to believe it refers to the Babel Fish in Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy series, which is a small fish from some remote part of the universe that when placed in the ear, translates any language, human or otherwise.
Time will tell what exactly Google has in store for us, but unifying all of Google’s messaging services into one solution is the next logical step for Google. Having all of the Google’s services in one spot will save us a whole lot of window jumping and confusion.
What do you think is behind Google’s name choice? We’d love to know.
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