Printed from http://www.electronista.com

Google to reportedly unveil Babel at Google I/O, rebrands as Hangouts

updated 06:27 pm EDT, Sat May 11, 2013

Unified messaging service could be formally revealed next week

Google will be unveiling its unified messaging system at Google I/O, according to a report. The name Babel will be retired in favor of Google Hangouts, the same name as its Google+ video-based chat-room system, as the search engine continues to try and encourage its users to use the Google-produced social network and surrounding ecosystem.

A source of TechRadar that allegedly works at Google provided screenshots of the new Hangouts in action, which also incorporates the GChat instant messaging service. It is shown in the images that there will be options to archive Hangouts, block users, and revert to a previous version of the chat services, though this last item will likely not last forever.

Based on the XMPP open chat and messaging platform already used in Google Talk, the service will in theory work with iOS devices, thanks to hooks for clients found in leaked HTML code. It is also suggested that the Google Hangouts platform could end up being larger than some other messaging systems, like BlackBerry Messenger and iMessage.



By Electronista Staff
toggle

Comments

Login Here

Not a member of the MacNN forums? Register now for free.

toggle

Network Headlines

toggle

Most Popular

Sponsor

Recent Reviews

Patriot Supersonic Rage XT 128GB USB drive

USB thumb drives are getting larger by the day, their growth speeding along with the availability and expansion of memory chips. But h ...

Crucial MX100 256GB SATA-3 SSD

While the price-per-gigabyte ratio for magnetic platter-based hard drives can't be beat, the speed that a SSD brings to the table for ...

Narrative Clip

With the advent of social media technology, people have been searching for new ways to share the events of their daily lives -- be it ...

Sponsor

toggle

Most Commented

 
toggle

Popular News