Over the last few weeks, there has been a lot of speculation suggesting that Google is in the process of releasing a unified chat application called Babel. Babel is rumored to have merged services such as Voice, Talk, and Google + Messenger. The new service is also rumored to be a cross-platform chat service, allowing users on iOS and Android to communicate with each other, within Babel itself. It’s like Google’s version of iMessage.
Babel will be available to use on Google Chrome, Google+, GMail, Android and iOS – so no matter which platform you are using, you will experience a seamless messaging experience. In addition, it is rumored that Babel is being tested internally as a cross-platform service through five platforms (Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail) – however there is no mention of other operating systems such as Mozilla based mobile phone’s at this point in time, but that doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t be available in the future.
Google’s new chat application Babel is said to provide the following services to users:
- Access the same conversation list from anywhere (multi-platform)
- A new, conversation-based UI
- Advanced group conversations
- Ability to send pictures
- Improved notifications across devices
Combining all of the services above makes a unique and potentially successful mobile and desktop messaging service. Babel has a unique ability which allows users to access a conversation list from any location, using any platform – this means that all of the messages you send and receive, synchronize between platforms.
After conducting a quick internet search of Babel using Google and the Play Store, I found another international-based chat application named Babel, this led me to believe that the name Babel could be an internal codename; however there has been no official statement made by Google one way or another.