We saw some images last week purporting to show off Google’s new cross-service, cross-platform messaging system, Babble, and though suspicion has since cast some serious doubt as to their authenticity, the underlying service still seems very much real. Some new details arrive in the latest set of rumors, also suggesting that it could arrive with a slightly different name.
Supposedly, what we’ve been calling Babble is referred to internally at Google as Babel – you know, as in the Tower of Babel, the origin myth for why we have so many different languages. Frankly, either Babel or Babble would be apt names, and it remains to be seen which Google ends up favoring.
As for its functionality, these new rumors look to it unifying messaging between Android, iOS, Google+, Chrome, and Gmail, though Google Voice, which we had previously heard attached to Babble rumors, is conspicuously absent. The app would support image attachments, notification alerts, group conversations, and reportedly offer a new UI compared to Google’s existing messaging solutions. Now we’re just waiting for the chance to get a look at some legitimate screenshots.