Purported Google Babel details leak, 'first class iOS experience' said to be coming

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| Published: April 9, 2013

Google messaging apps

Recent rumors have suggested that Google may be building a new messaging service dubbed "Babel" that will work across Android, iOS, Chrome and Gmail. After the name "Babel" popped up a couple of times while one Gmail user was cleaning out his inbox this past weekend, a new report with more purported details on the service have surfaced.

Droid-Life claims to have received some information from sources that claim that Babel is currently being worked on by members of the Google+, Chrome, Android and Apps teams within Google and that the final product will incorporate Google Talk, Google Hangouts and Google+ Messenger. Google Voice support is expected to "eventually" be included. Google Babel is expected to be made available in Gmail and as apps for Android, Chrome and iOS, though it's not yet known exactly when the service might launch.

In addition to this information, Droid-Life says that it's received a Babel feature list from an internal Google memo. The list includes features such as a unified UI and conversation syncing across all of the apps, support for images and over 800 emoji options, the ability to review past conversations, group messaging and support for notification syncing, which will remove any message alerts from a user's other connected devices when the service is opened on another piece of hardware. Finally, the leak teases that Google is prepping a "first class iOS experience" for users of Apple's mobile products. 

Google currently offers a chat service called "Google Talk" that's built in to its Android hardware, but despite having quite a presence in Apple's App Store, there's no official Google Talk app available to iOS devices. Because of this, the claim that Google is prepping a "first class iOS experience" for its new Babel chat service is likely pretty exciting for owners of Apple's mobile devices. Many of the other rumored Babel features sound pretty interesting as well, and I'm sure that the users of Google's various chat services will be glad to have one service to turn to for their messaging needs rather than having to choose between several different options. What do you all make of this newest Google Babel leak? Does it sound like a service that you'd use frequently?

Via Droid-Life