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.
Support for clients on iOS, Chrome listed, likely to replace Google Talk
Evaluation of Gmail HTML code in a leaked Google employee-only page have revealed that not only is the previously rumored unified chat service in testing, but it also has hooks for clients running the iOS. New features listed in the code are a new conversation-based UI, advanced group communications, picture transmission, and improved notifications across devices.