Google Babel has leaked (yet) again. Source code from the soon to be released unified messaging service offering from Google has been spotted in Gmail.
Google Babel aims to consolidate all your conversations with your contacts into one place, in order to let you access them from any place – Google+, Gmail, Android, without losing out on anything. While Google has been rather quiet on its release date, or any other information for that matter, Babel has been regularly spotted online – one Google+ user, for example, got a glimpse of Babel’s roll-out when he moved some of his conversations to trash in Gmail.
This time however, the source code itself seems to be out. It describes Babel and its features, inviting the user to upgrade to Babel. If this leak is authentic, Babel is going to be available on multiple platforms – Android, iOS, Chrome, and of course Google+ and Gmail.
The update has been labelled ““DOGFOOD CONFIDENTIAL – INTERNAL ONLY”, and mentions the following:
Upgrade Chat to Babel! Babel is Google’s new messenger with clients for Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Access the same conversation list from anywhere!
Some of the new features:
– A new, conversation-based UI
– Advanced group conversations
– Send pictures
– Improved notifications across devices
Please help us launch Babel, and send us your feedback! You can always switch back to the old chat during the dogfood.
Recently we heard strong rumors of a $1 billion Google acquisition of Whatsapp, the immensely popular cross-platform instant messaging service. There were suggestions that Whatsapp would merge with Babel and further strengthen the service. Whatsapp however, denied the reports and clarified it was not being sold.
Google Babel is expected to officially launch at Google’s I/O event, which will be held from May 15th to May 17th this year.