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Babble, Google’s upcoming unified messenger, to be shown at Google I/O?

According to a report quoting multiple sources, Google's unified messaging service will be dubbed Babble. Combining the functionality of Google's many communication apps, Babble will likely be shown off at Google I/O.
March 18, 2013
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According to a report quoting multiple sources, Google’s unified messaging service will be dubbed Babble. Combining the functionality of Google’s many communication apps, Babble might debut at Google I/O.

Google’s messaging problem is well documented. From Google Talk, to Google Messenger, to Google Voice, with some detours in between, the Mountain View company has an extensive stable of communication apps, some of which overlap and fail to work with each other. The result is a confusing, often frustrating user experience.

For a company whose stated goal is to organize the world’s information and make it easily accessible, Google has been doing a surprisingly bad job at helping people convey information in an easy and coherent way. But that could change in the coming months.

According to Russell Holly from, Google’s upcoming unified messaging app is called Babble, and is likely to be unveiled at Google I/O in mid-May. Details are scarce, but Holly claims the report comes from multiple sources that he doesn’t specify.

According to the report, the service will behave consistently across multiple platforms (mobile, PC, ChromeOS, web, Google Plus) allowing users to continue their conversations regardless of the medium. Moreover, Babble will let users start a Hangout with any contact directly from the user list and send photos from the chat window like it’s currently possible on Google Plus Messenger.

The unification of Google’s communication services was long overdue if Larry Page’s company wants to offer a service that is comparable to apps available on rival platforms, such as iMessage or BBM. And now we have another reason to look forward to Google I/O.

Are you excited about Babble?