Chrome OS Notification Center screenshot reveals new unified Google messaging service?


Our dream of seeing Chrome OS and Android unified might still be a bit far-off, but Google is looking to improve its netbook operating system in the near future. Francois Beaufort posted a screenshot of the new notification center that will come to Chrome OS in the near future. From the looks of things, you can expect notifications from Google+, Google Talk, Google Voice and other popular Google services, and you’ll be able to act on these notifications in different ways.

That alone is pretty interesting, but more relevant to our interests here at Phandroid is a new icon we haven’t seen before. It features a series of four multi-colored chat bubbles stacked onto one another, and while we don’t want to assume anything it would make sense for this to be the unified messaging service we’ve all been waiting for. It has long been predicted that the Mountain View company would look to replace all its messaging-centric services with a one-stop offering through Google+ ever since the social network was announced.

Google+ has been integrated into other services in more ways than one, so it only makes sense that the next natural step would be to combine it with the likes of Google Talk and Google Voice. This is just wishful thinking here, but it could be the Android equivalent of Blackberry Messenger that we’ve all been waiting for. Perhaps more exciting is the possibility of seeing Google+ Messenger come to desktops, whether it be in a new service or as its own standalone service. Users have been asking for that particular feature ever since Google+ Messenger launched, so we’d take it however we can get it.

There are a number of different things this icon could represent, but we’ll have to wait until more information leaks or wait for Google to get more chatty at Google I/O to see what, exactly, is in store for the future of its services. What do you think this could be?

[via ChromeSpot]

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  1. I knew it!


    From my comment in :

    It was in reply to this comment from Alexander Borsi:
    “If they could just merge Talk, G+ messenger, and Voice Chat… That would be faaaantastic and finally a competitor to FaceTime.”

    My comment:
    “I am guessing that this will be announced in May at Google i/o as a download in the Play store for 4.0 and up but released in stock android with Key Lime Pie

    It will have the hangouts feature for contacts who have a G+ account, it will send messages over the web if you are on wifi and they are online otherwise it will check your preferences (in the settings set to either sms or mobile data (mms/wifi/data for files))

    It will not feature the holo theme, but a Google Currents/Google Now, card type interface.
    The best feature of this new app is complete integration with Google Chrome’s notification center. Allowing you to send and receive messages from your browser and allows you to save files directly to Google drive or share them on G+

    So yes…I have high expectations from this years i/o


    p.s. no need to read my other comments in that article >.>

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        1. That was amazing

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    2. Holo UI is soooooo 2012

      EDIT: Just in case you guys didn’t pick it up…

  2. I’d like something like Apple’s iMessage or the Ubuntu Phone messenger where all of your messages go into one place. So texts, facebook messages, talk, g+ all in one place.

  3. Hey Google, can we get this on Windows? PRETTY PLEASE!?!?

    1. Hell no you maggot! Lol jk…..but imagine if Google did say that..

    2. I mean, if it’s coming to Chrome OS, I’m sure it’ll make it’s way to Chrome on Windows. :)

  4. I hope this comes to fruition. I would make things so much easier and coller too!

    1. I love things that are coller. VERY NICE!

  5. Interesting, indeed.

  6. This is welcomed news. Google Voice and Google Talk should have been integrated long ago.

  7. Would also be nice if it included forwarding sms/mms messages from it’s Android app (assuming there would eventually be one) to your other Android/Chrome devices.

    1. I agree. Not syncing messages (or even calendar notifications) across multiple devices is a real pain in the butt with the Android platform.

  8. Somebody mentioned a little of my thought but I would like to see Google voice with ability to send mms and receive mms….. Yes people still use this feature also please support group chat with mobile numbers as well.

  9. This would be amazing if they brought it to android.

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