Google Talk is great. It's lightweight, fast, and built on Jabber (XMPP). But then, Google's also got G+ messenger, Hangout, and even Drive chat. Mountain View's in a bit of a mess when it comes to chatting because there are just so many options across its different platforms. Google Babble is apparently set to end that, with one unified, cross-platform chat solution, which will span Android, iOS, BlackBerry, and the cloud.
According to multiple sources talking to Geek, Google's building a whole new service, fresh from the ground up, to unify messaging across Google's various platforms, as well as the likes of iOS and BlackBerry too.
Babble will apparently work in a similar, melded fashion to the best of Google's current chat implementations. You'll be able to dump images in there, fire-up video chat Hangout-style, and chat in a threaded, conversation-organised style.
There's no timescale attached to the report, although Geek says that we'll see more come Google I/O this year. I just hope that it'll blend the best of both worlds when it comes to apps on the mobile side. I'd love to have a WhatsApp-style messaging service that comes with all the desktop IM features we know and love when you're sitting in front of a screen. That would be absolutely killer. In fact, I'd probably pay a small fee for that kind of thing. Google, make it happen. [Geek]