We have been hearing much more about the rumored unified messaging service going by the name of Google “Babble” lately. The whole internet thought that name just didn’t quite feel right. Someone must have heard it wrong and confused the childish name with a much more serious code name – Babel.
According to the most recent rumors, this was the case. Droid Life’s sources claim the name is, indeed, internally known as Google Babel. This makes much more sense if we relate Google’s messaging service to the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel.
To make the story short, the story of the Tower of Babel is the Bible’s way to explain the birth of different languages. According to the Bible, there was only one language before this event. The wrath of God fell upon humanity and we all suddenly spoke different languages, hence dividing us.
This is pretty much Google’s current state in terms of messaging. Google has services like Talk, Google+ Messenger, Gmail and Google Voice, which are all suffering from the Babel phenomena. They are all created by the same maker, but can’t communicate between each other. Some have features others don’t, and it is pretty much a mess.
According to the sources, Google is testing this service in multiple platforms. These include Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. This would mean that Google is not only unifying messaging services, but a plethora of platforms and devices.
Rumored Google Babel features
- Access the same conversation list from anywhere
- A new, conversation-based UI
- Advanced group conversations
- Ability to send pictures
- Improved notifications across devices
Overall, it is looking like this will finally be the answer to our… prayers. Picture messaging means the service will finally be able to get features Google Talk never had. Google Voice might also become more conversational, and group chat/texting might finally be possible.
We can’t complain about any of these features, and hope more details emerge soon. Of course, the usual disclaimer applies here. This is rumored information and details may or may not be true. Take it with a grain of salt and don’t hold your breath on it.
Now that we got that out of the way, what features from “Babel” are you most excited about, and what do you wish it could get?