New screens of Google Babel in Gmail

New screens of Google Babel in Gmail
There have been a number of supposed leaks of the mobile version of Google's upcoming chat service called Babel, and now there is a new leak that claims to be screenshots of the service as it will look inside Gmail. If real, the screens are pretty interesting, because it looks less like a unification of Google's various messaging services as the plusification of Google Talk.

The rumor has been that Babel is an effort by Google to unify its various messaging services like Talk, Docs Chat, Google+ Messenger, Hangouts, and maybe even Google Voice, but there's no indication of that in these screens. It looks more like a redesign of Talk with more of an emphasis on Google+. As you can see in the screens, the Hangout button is getting more prominent by changing from grey to yellow. And, the most telling to us is that you cannot share photos unless you are signed up for Google+, which is surely going to cause an uptick in G+ users, and probably some blowback from those who have been trying to avoid the service (as if that's even possible anymore). 

The name also seems to be confirmed with the hover dialog on the option to revert back to the old chat style. Emoticons are also getting a big bump both in detail and number. There are a ton of emoticons in there. 

source: TechRadar



1. Twitch016

Posts: 23; Member since: Jan 26, 2012

Odd, but noteworthy - the box includes emoji. Not that it's an iPhone innovation, but a lot of Westerners think that it is. Taking that exclusivity away is a quirky, but among some generations meaningful, talking point.

2. omar300

Posts: 210; Member since: Jun 24, 2012

i think the main idea is to bring this on cross platform so people can use this like facebook messenger, on web and as well as on all platform phone, and when it is stable enough, google can add this to android message app. like how facebook as messenger app as default message app on facebook home.

5. StevenFranklin

Posts: 22; Member since: Jul 05, 2012

emoticons are on every device? calm down

3. VJo003

Posts: 365; Member since: Mar 11, 2012

Seems to have some inspiration from WhatsApp

4. BomberXL

Posts: 82; Member since: Jan 17, 2012

almost as if some purchase of an app is to occur in the near future. and it could possibly be implemented into this project... :O

6. eisenbricher

Posts: 973; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

Google kills popular services by providing free (ad based) counterparts). This is just another example. I'm not complaining about anything, but this is the way how it is. Not only applies for Google, but Apple and MS also exhibit this.

7. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

The other companies can make their app free and ad based as well ! Eg. Google tried competing with Facebook (free) with Google+ (also free) but failed This is not killing competition but just 'competition' !!!

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