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Google Babel Arriving to iOS?

Google Babel Arriving to iOS?

Google is said to be working on a unified Google messaging system that will bring all of their messaging platforms into a single service. Google’s messaging services include Google Talk, Gmail chat, Google+ Hangout chat, Google Voice, and Chat for Google Drive. As an avid Google service user, I know firsthand how frustrating it can be to manage so many messaging platforms. Google service users that use an iPhone were wondering if they were going to use Babel. I knew I was unsure especially since iOS lacks an official Google Talk application. So is iOS getting Google Babel? All signs point to yes.

Sources are indicating that Babel is being tested internally as a cross-platform service throughout five platforms (Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+, and Gmail). The sources’ claim was backed by the discovery of hidden HTML code in Gmail that indicate the following, “Babel is Google’s new messenger with clients for Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+, and Gmail).” The code also shined light on possible features to expect from Babel, which are quite interesting.

Code indicates that the service as having these features:

  • Access the same conversation list from anywhere
  • A new, conversation-based UI
  • Advanced group conversations
  • Ability to send pictures
  • Improved notifications across devices

Google is likely to announce Google Babel at its upcoming Google I/O developer conference next month. This is especially great news for those that use Google Talk and are having to rely on unreliable third party iOS application.

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