“Babel” Google’s Forthcoming Chat Client

Google babelGoogle Babel, the forthcoming unified messenger service from Google that’s all but confirmed thanks to a number of screenshots, bug reports, developer forum posts and more, is now being said to only include Google Talk, Google Hangouts and Messenger in its initial release. Google Voice integration, apparently, is on the back burner. This is the latest from Android enthusiast site Droid-Life, which is reporting that Google Voice will eventually come to the platform, but not at launch. The service will include notification syncing across devices and platforms, which is similar to Apple’s iMessage in that it will work on desktop, tablet and phone, the report states citing undisclosed sources. The site also claims to have gotten its fingers on a Google memo about Babel, which details the feature set, noting that it works on the desktop via a Chrome app, includes Google+ Hangouts, offers cross-platform notifications, includes over 800 emoji+, has the ability to go on or off record like in Google Chat, and will even involve an iOS native application. This news follows earlier reports (which Droid-Life backs up in its post) from TechRadar. That site says that the name is in fact Babel and not “Babble,” per the original Geek.com leak. That’s something it learned from screenshots sent by an anonymous source. At boxChilli we are waiting to see what happens with this, but are hoping it will be fully intergrated with google+. Anders Bohea