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Google’s new Babel chat platform includes ‘first class iOS experience’

 

More details are trickling in on what to expect of Google’s upcoming unified messaging platform called Babel. Google’s internal documentation and code snippets discovered Wednesday indicate the Babel thing will support media transfers during chat sessions and group chatting ability. More importantly, the service will be available as a native app on both Apple’s iOS and Google’s own Android platform.

Of course, Babel is also going to be available on the web, as a Chrome web app and inside Gmail. The upcoming messaging platform should solve Google’s instant messaging conundrum that confuses users with nearly a doze different chat service that include Talk, Gmail, Google+ Hangout, Google Voice and Chat for Drive.

Even if way overdue, Babel will unify Google’s many messaging platforms into a single service. The Internet giant is likely to formally announce Babel at its upcoming Google I/O conference, which runs May 15-17 in San Franciso.

More details are trickling in on what to expect of Google’s upcoming unified messaging platform called Babel. Google’s internal documentation and code snippets discovered Wednesday indicate the Babel thing will support media transfers during chat sessions and group chatting ability. More importantly, the service will be available as a native app on both Apple’s iOS and Google’s own Android platform.

Of course, Babel is also going to be available on the web, as a Chrome web app and inside Gmail. The upcoming messaging platform should solve Google’s instant messaging conundrum that confuses users with nearly a doze different chat service that include Talk, Gmail, Google+ Hangout, Google Voice and Chat for Drive.

Even if way overdue, Babel will unify Google’s many messaging platforms into a single service. The Internet giant is likely to formally announce Babel at its upcoming Google I/O conference, which runs May 15-17 in San Francisco…

According to the Google Operating System blog, this web page that’s supposed to be available only to Google employees mentions “dogfooding Babel in Gmail.”

It also includes interesting references to some of Babel’s features.

Google Babel (TechRadar 002)

Specifically, code strings mention a new, conversation-based UI, advanced group conversations, the ability to send pictures and improved notifications across devices.

The following paragraph describing the upcoming service has also been spotted:

Upgrade Chat to Babel! Babel is Google’s new messenger with clients for Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Access the same conversation list from anywhere!

Babel will replace the standard Gmail chat client, but users will be able to revert to the old Gmail chat client from the chat roster menu.

According to a recent report by Droid-life, Google Babel is a collaborative effort by Google’s Android, Chrome,  Google+ and Apps teams.

“What’s particularly interesting, is that Google is talking about the iOS app as being the first time they have built a “first class iOS experience” when it comes to a messaging service,” the blog wrote.

Droid-life also discovered that Babel at a later stage will integrate Google Voice, Talk, Hangouts and Messenger.

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