Google Hangouts to be introduced at Google I/O

Google will reportedly introduce its unified messaging system at this week's Google I/O developer conference. As we've previously reported, the name of the system will not be Google Babel, but will be called Google Hangouts. If that name sounds familiar to you, it is because Google already uses Hangouts for its video chat-room service.

Leaked screenshots of the service reveal that Google Hangouts will incorporate the GChat instant messaging feature. It also shows users being given the option to Sign out of Hangouts, confirming the name.  In addition, it was learned that Google employees received a thank you email from Google yesterday for their hard work testing some of the products that will be introduced at Google I/O. The email indicated that Google Hangouts will be unveiled at the conference which begins this coming Wednesday.

source: TechRadar via electronista



1. Warenward

Posts: 13; Member since: Dec 06, 2011

I'm actually a little saddened by the fact that the name has been converted to such a simple name like 'Hangouts' which is already in use. I really liked the name Babel from a biblical standing.

2. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

I really liked the name Babel from a biblical standing. Maybe they didn't want too use Babel for simply that reason... Some people are already trying to tie Google in with the illuminate... Soooooo.... One World Order.

4. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

for f**K sake! stop with these nonsense same old babel and motorola x phone news.

3. sharks

Posts: 236; Member since: Feb 16, 2013

The mai reason why Google didn't use Babel as its unified label is that it sounds like Babble, which isn't a positive thing at all from the definition of that word "Babble". Also, going forward with Hangouts makes it seem more familiar to those who already used their video chat-room service.

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