Google to combine all its chat services under Babble

March 18, 2013
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Google is apparently looking to bring together all of its communication services under one single platform. The platform will be dubbed "Babble", and it will solve Google's fragmented chat services. Right now, Google users can communicate through Google Talk, Google Hangout, Google Voice, Google Chat, Gmail Chat, and Google+. However, those services fail to communicate directly with each other.


According to Geek.com, Babble is being built from scratch and will combine all of these services into a closed-communication platform. With Babble, you will be able to chat with anyone on your Google contacts list, and all of the signature features from each individual chat service will be available in one chat box. You can have a hangout, share pictures, and send e-mails from one service.

It's speculated that once Babble launches, Google will be able to take on the likes of other popular messaging platforms such as iMessage, Blackberry Messenger, and Facebook Messenger. This new service has been long overdue and it should make chatting using Google's services a much more refreshing experience. Babble should help Google get more consumers to convert over to its services.

Google is expected to announce Babble at its upcoming Google I/O conference in May. The service will be available for all PC users, and there should be an app released for it on Android devices as well as Chrome OS devices. There isn't an expected release date for this service, but hopefully everything will be clarified at I/O. Are you excited to have all your chat services unified under one app?

[via Geek.com]


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  • Dillon Shepherd

    Does this mean MMS support for Google Voice under Babble 8/

  • Alexander Reddicks

    I think it should be simply called “Google Messenger”

    • user

      or Google IM. no need for new terminology.

  • phor11

    “However, those services fail to communicate directly with each other.”
    Huh?
    I can open up Gmail Chat and talk to someone on the Google Talk app, and open a Hangout with the press of a button. How exactly do they “fail to communicate directly with each other”?

    • Wewake

      While Google Chat works across, it might be running off of multiple servers. Babble might help consolidate it. I have found that there are delays in pings when running GChat on desktop vs Android or third party clients.

  • N8shon

    I’m hoping this will allow iMessage style international communication when traveling

    • http://www.androidcommunity.com Cory Gunther

      Should just be called Google Talk.. all of it

      • Magnus100

        Absolutely agree!

  • http://www.plan8.tv Roanhouse

    what about google voice calls that you can make from Chat for Chrome extension

  • Emperius

    Will it have external protocol support for Pidgin/Jitsi?

  • http://asszem.blog.hu Andras Olah

    Any chance of integrating a lonely RSS reader to this new application? :-)

  • Steve

    not sure about the “Babble” name,

    but I LOVE GOOGLE

    I love the idea to integrate all its communication services under a single SUPERSERVICE!

  • Greg Montaño

    Will this include Google Voice!? That would be amazing. I’ve wanted to have an iMessage-like service for years. Really, Apple should be using an open source standard for their messaging so we could all drop texting and message each other cross platform for free just like email.

  • Steven Hudosh

    as long as they continue to refine the features that are part of google voice

  • Gibbo

    I would doubt that there is a PC client. They will use the same browser notification/popup tool that chrome uses now.

  • Jonathan Alumbaugh

    Finally.