If you haven’t heard about Google Babel, it’s basically Google’s answer to group chat services like Hipchat or GroupMe. Information about Google’s latest service resides largely in the realm of rumor and speculation at this point, but someone with much more patience than me has scoured through some Gmail HTML code and was able to uncover a few pretty solid things about Babel.
The chat app will feature a new, conversation-based user interface, advanced group conversations, the ability to send and receive pictures, and will improve upon Google’s current notifications across devices. However, what’s most exciting for us here at TiP is that it seems like Babel will have an iOS client in the App Store at launch.
This news comes shortly after a report from Droid-life that quotes a source close to the project that claims the Google Babel iOS app is “the first time they [Google] have built a “first class iOS experience” when it comes to a messaging service.”
For me, Google’s iOS applications are pretty hit or miss. YouTube and Google Drive both have solid apps, but the Gmail app is terrible. Let’s hope that Google really makes the Babel application shine. Do you think you’ll switch over to Babel, giving Google control over yet another aspect of your life, or will you stick with your current messaging solution? Sound off in the comments section below or let me know on twitter @TiP_Jake.