Introducing Google Babble - The All-In-One Chat Service

Google is set to launch a service that will unify all chat services under a single banner called Babble. Google Babble service may have stemmed from the fact that Google has a huge communication problem as most of its communication platforms don’t interact with each other very well. Take a look at Google’s communication products – Google Talk, Hangout, Voice, Messenger, Chat for Drive, and Google Talk for G+. They all function differently from one another.

Out of these services, only Google Talk for Gmail and G+ function together, although marked by very serious issues. Google developers must have heard Google users sounding off their frustration over the fact that you need to switch services to reach various people. For example, a Hangout cannot be started from Google Drive. The new service hopes to address this problem and integrate all these products in a single service.

While there’s no easy fix for the situation, a cross platform solution may enable Google to overtake platforms like iMessage and Blackberry Messenger in one sweeping action. According to multiple sources, Google will build Babble into everything from Google+ to Gmail. Photos can be shared in live chats, or start a Google+ Hangout with anyone in your email contacts. Users will see one chat window only regardless of the type of Google products they are using.

Expectedly, Babble would be a boon to Google users. In order to use Babble, you’ll have to use it the way Google wants you to use it. But other services like Skype or AOL’s AIM won’t probably get to share the integration. Geek noted that Google is indicating a move toward building its own closed communication platform, keeping a high wall to other services that don’t use the same open-chat platform called XMPP. The XMPP service is flexible, scalable, and has served Google splendidly well for quite a while. From reports, Babble is expected to have good quality and performance and this will be more than enough to make most users happy.

Babble is set to continue Google’s trend towards organization by conversations as such conversations are threaded across all the existing services. Babble can be seen not as a new product as it is merely pulling together all of the existing products and making them work together seamlessly, if possible.

According to report from Geek, Google is now said to be building Babble from the ground up to bring all of its services across Android, Chrome OS, Windows and Mac together. While no definite timeframe was given, Geek says the company is expected to make official announcements at its annual Google I/O Conference in May, which according to Geek makes a great deal of sense as Google is also likely to show off the new version of Android “Key Lime Pie”.

At this time, while awaiting Google’s formal announcement, users should be excited and happy that Google finally addressed an issue that has been affecting their communication platforms for so long a time already.

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