Google Babel is an upcoming unified chat service, and new web interface screenshots could be the real deal. Techradar published several screenshots that reveal a much upgraded design from Google Talk and some new features. The hangout button is still on the top left and messages are now surrounded by a white box. There are many new emoticons to choose from ranging from smileys to animals, and even the ability to include hashtags.
Settings are very straightforward with the ability to enable chat notifications and save chat history. You can also archive a conversation for future use, and if you want to share photos directly, a Google+ account is required.
Recently, a pop-up in Gmail and Groups alluded to Babel chat functionality. Google+ user Patric Dhawaan noticed the following message after moving messages to the trash:
“All conversations have been moved to the Trash. Because one or more are part of a Babel chat, these messages are still available in other Babel chat applications.”
We don’t have too many details yet on Google Babel, but here is what we know so far:
- Access the same conversation list from anywhere
- A new, conversation-based UI
- Advanced group conversations
- Ability to send pictures
- Improved notifications across devices
Google I/O takes place May 15-17 which is when we’re expecting to hear more about Google Babel, and Eric Schmidt may even spill the beans during his talk April 15 at AllThingsD: Dive Into Mobile.