Apr 08 AT 8:10 PM Dustin Earley 19 Comments

Solid leaks on Google Babel lend credibility to rumors

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Rumors that Google will unify all of their messaging platforms into one service, called Babel (originally thought to be Babble), have been swirling for months now. The intensity and accuracy of the rumors seem to be heating up, but it wasn’t until today that we got our first substantial leaks on Babel.

TechRadar has posted some photographs of what they say are the Babel interface that will replace the current Gmail chat window. According to TechRadar, the photos come from an unverifiable source that claims to work at Google. Like all rumors and leaks, today’s Babel news should be taken with a grain of salt, but there’s good reason to believe this is the real deal.

Over the weekend, not only did the name Babel surface in a Gmail notification, in reference to deleting conversations, but it has turned up in some crash logs (attached to an Android app package name) and is being openly used in the Chromium-bugs Google Groups page. Also found in Chromium-bugs group is what looked to be an unidentified messaging service, that we can now see looks exactly like the Babel leaks from today.

As far as what makes the most recent leaks believable, Android Police’s Ron Amadeo points out that the leaks say you need a Google+ account, and the icon styling found in the photographs share the same style as Google+. The emoticons used are also the same as Google+’s “Mood” faces, however, there are new faces not used in Google+, which would be more than tedious to design just for a simple leak.

Babel could still be designated as a prerelease name for Google’s unified messaging service, but one way or another, the evidence supporting the fact that such a service exists is mounting. At this point, we’d be shocked if something wasn’t unveiled in the coming months.

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Source: TechRadar

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • stenzor

    Hopefully we will be able to use this emoji in SMS.. colourful is better than the current black and white ones we have as default

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  • JS_215

    This is pretty neat

  • jamal adam

    Is it me or does the design follow a Google Now card layout style. Anyways, I really like how it looks so far and can’t wait to see it and use it.

  • gossipninja

    i see a clock, smile, flower, hotdog?, car, number, close …how much emoji do we really need?

    • stenzor

      Well, the set is standard across all platforms and has been for many many years so as long as it conforms to that it’s good

  • Alexander drzfr3shboialex

    We need a emoji replacement for our bland regular keyboard one.

  • HeadDoc

    This seems like a really great idea, a potential game-changer, really. But, I bet Google releases it not-quite-done, like they did with Keep, and there is a backlash.

  • donger

    Emojis!

  • Mobile and Dth Recharge Services app

    I never here about Google Bable but after reading your blog i came to know about it.

  • da9el

    yesss! i’m looking forward to this unified messenger service. maybe i’ll even start to use a greater variety of emojis now haha …not only 3 different types of smileys

  • roberto

    Not a G+ account is needed but a google account. So every activated android device can use this service.

  • herbivore83

    I can’t stand emojis. I know I’m not in the majority on this but they bug the hell out of me for some reason.

  • Milan

    A completely unified chat program for Google would be awesome. The great thing about GTalk is that I can switch between PC and mobile without the other person even caring. I can do this many times and during mid conversation which is great. However, GTalk isn’t used that much with my friends so I end up reverting to Whatsapp most of the time which is a pain when you’re in front of a PC. I really do hope that Google Babel becomes as common as Whatsapp, if not, then it’s a real shame but the better application may not be the de facto comms app.

  • Scott Robertson

    Anyone else notice that they still refer to it as ‘Google Talk’?

  • jonstle

    YES!!! I would put more but Milan basically said what I wanted to say.

  • aranea

    Can’t get to my phone sooner!! :)

  • http://camdeezy.com CamDeezy

    I hope Babel is a pre-release name due to it’s somewhat negative Biblical connotations (wiki link): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel

  • Nathan D.

    Hopefully, they’ll show it off at Google O/I later next month.

  1. Hopefully we will be able to use this emoji in SMS.. colourful is better than the current black and white ones we have as default

    • daifukuanGuest 2 years ago

      Hi, My friends! This is good news! Why You Need a Smartphone? if you want, I have a wonderful online store to introduce myself. is very perfect. All products are discount crazy. , 7 Inch Galaxy S3 i9300 Phone! 80% off! This is my favorite! Only € 99.99.’ve Acquired this wonderful phone and everything perfect, This is my first purchase on this site, I am proud to say that this is the most successful and the most satisfied with the products than ever in shopping solves this phone has received a large number of Hispanic customers praise (see reviews of websites), I received the box bienes.En included typical, mobile, charger and headphones, all very well packaged and in perfect condition. and become one of the most vendidos.Potente function, easy operation, fast response, high quality, GPS, quad-core is soft screen, large, high-definition, 8MP, so surprise me. much better than I expected. This morning, fell desktop, but not a match either. I am so amazed by the incredible quality of the phone. everything is so perfect. Therefore, I am here to get the lowest price! http://cort.as/3qRZ

      to me, is the best I’ve purchased. I present to you my friends today, everyone says it’s so perfect, very profitable and very deserving, very believable. praise good part of this perfect i9300 Android 4.1. also store purchase. Meanwhile, we all free phone case and screen protector as gift. good seller. do not pay any fee, so wonderful. To say that the mobile brought some battery and was trasteandolo for an hour. After that hour of testing, I can say that the fluidity of the phone is very good, previously passed through my hands had other Chinese terminal monocore processor, and this with the mtk 6577 to 1.2 GHrz is an 8MP camera delicia.Tiene a large screen high definición.Me has come very fast, in perfect condition and is better than I expected. ols popular.También cheaper and more products venta.De fact, I bought four mobile phones given to my family, They loved it! I really highly recommend it to everyone. creíble.Sólo is Euro € 99 + fast delivery + high quality perfect after-sale service, act now!

  2. This is pretty neat

  3. Is it me or does the design follow a Google Now card layout style. Anyways, I really like how it looks so far and can’t wait to see it and use it.

  4. gossipninjaGuest 2 years ago

    i see a clock, smile, flower, hotdog?, car, number, close …how much emoji do we really need?

    • Well, the set is standard across all platforms and has been for many many years so as long as it conforms to that it’s good

  5. We need a emoji replacement for our bland regular keyboard one.

  6. This seems like a really great idea, a potential game-changer, really. But, I bet Google releases it not-quite-done, like they did with Keep, and there is a backlash.

  7. Mobile and Dth Recharge Services appGuest 2 years ago

    I never here about Google Bable but after reading your blog i came to know about it.

  8. yesss! i’m looking forward to this unified messenger service. maybe i’ll even start to use a greater variety of emojis now haha …not only 3 different types of smileys

  9. robertoGuest 2 years ago

    Not a G+ account is needed but a google account. So every activated android device can use this service.

  10. I can’t stand emojis. I know I’m not in the majority on this but they bug the hell out of me for some reason.

  11. MilanGuest 2 years ago

    A completely unified chat program for Google would be awesome. The great thing about GTalk is that I can switch between PC and mobile without the other person even caring. I can do this many times and during mid conversation which is great. However, GTalk isn’t used that much with my friends so I end up reverting to Whatsapp most of the time which is a pain when you’re in front of a PC. I really do hope that Google Babel becomes as common as Whatsapp, if not, then it’s a real shame but the better application may not be the de facto comms app.

  12. Scott RobertsonGuest 2 years ago

    Anyone else notice that they still refer to it as ‘Google Talk’?

  13. YES!!! I would put more but Milan basically said what I wanted to say.

  14. Can’t get to my phone sooner!! :)

  15. I hope Babel is a pre-release name due to it’s somewhat negative Biblical connotations (wiki link): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel

  16. Hopefully, they’ll show it off at Google O/I later next month.