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.

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    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.