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.