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

05/11, 6:27pm

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.

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Google HTML code harvested for data about new Babel chat service

04/18, 3:36pm

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.

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