Babel: What We’ve Seen and What We Know

We all desperately want a unified messaging solution across Google’s products and services, and we’re betting you’ve heard rumors regarding this in one form or another. 

What We Know

Vic Gundotra, the Senior Vice President, Engineering at Google hints at a better messaging experience coming “shortly”, which most likely means that it will be announced at this year’s Google I/O conference.

Vic was mentioned in a post on Google+ yesterday, when he responded regarding some of the feedback. The most intriguing part of the reply was regarding the unification of the messaging systems across Google (Talk, G+ Messenger, Hangouts etc).

Here’s a quote straight from the comment:

“On your messenger point… I agree. Expect good progress here shortly… …The overall momentum continues to surprise us and I’m looking forward to Google IO!” – +Vic Gundotra

What We’ve Seen

This pretty much almost confirms that we’ll see the progress on messaging being announced very soon, most likely at Google I/O 2013, and it could be called Babel, though it may just be a codename.


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