Leaked Google Babble screenshots fake, app not called Babble, source says

March 22, 2013
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Earlier today a set of leaked Google Babble screenshots has hit the web, but a trusted source tells us the images are fake.

Google Babble is reportedly a new Google messaging app that could be unveiled at Google I/O. Babble will offer users a way to combine all their messaging needs into a single unified app that could improve their messaging experience across devices.

The app could be for Android what iMessage is for iOS devices and Macs, or BBM is for BlackBerry handsets. Even Verizon has updated its Verizon Messages app extending SMS support to tablets and PCs.

The image above is not real, our source says, with various elements not consistent with the actual app. Most importantly the app is not called Babble in the first place – and we’re referring to the spelling of the word rather than it’s pronunciation. However, we don’t have the official name of the app for you. “Babble” is the name we first heard in connection with the app and that’s exactly how a person shown chatting in these screenshots writes the word:

I am testing Google Babble! This is awesome!!

Our source pointed to other inconsistencies with the app, including the wrong app icon and Holo theme, strange font combination choice and font spacing, but also design inconsistencies with the background colors and with the popup menus – just check the borders of the popups in the second and third screenshots and you’ll notice the photoshopping issues yourself. Furthermore, the screenshots contain elements from existing Google Talk and Google+ apps, while the input bar and action bar are “totally different.”

Moreover, while that voting feature highlighted in the second image does sound like an interesting addition to such an app, it comes with not-so-good English features: “JC has started a voting!” it reads, which should be enough to make us wonder whether this is a real Google app or not.

We’ll be on the lookout for more Google Babble – or whatever it’s actually called – details in the future. Are you looking forward to using such an app on your Android devices?

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