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Supposed Google Babble Screenshots Leak, Easy to be Skeptical of


This morning, screenshots of what is being called Google Babble are making the rounds. An anonymous tipster has been leaving the pictures in a few inboxes, with no additional info given. From what we can see right off the bat, it looks like a pretty rough version of Google+ Messenger, with some new features thrown in such as sharing from other Google services (Drive, YouTube, Keep), real-time voting, and embedded picture viewing, which is already a part of G+ Messenger.Β 

Below, we went ahead and re-uploaded the picture with a few of our notes, since these screenies screamed red flag as soon as we saw them.


As you can see, we have a few concerns over these shots, but then again, we tend to overly criticize anything like this that crosses our desks. For starters, we wanted to point out there is some over-“pixelization,” some border lines are not even close to being even, and that the overall placement of some things is just a complete mess. For example, the settings button inside the sharing center is so tiny, not even Tinkerbell could press that.

We know prototype builds of apps are sometimes wonky, given we played with Google Play 4.0 and that was not the smoothest running thing we have ever seen, but even that was way better looking than this thing.

Personally, if Google is working on a unified messaging service, this doesn’t look “good enough” for me to get excited.

Via: 9to5Google

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    The whole internet trolled by Forocoches.com It was a planned fake

  • mad_rao

    Umm…Why would Google be testing this on a device which has a decidedly Gingerbready looking Notification bar.??

  • DanKemple

    Look the time is the same for all 4 pictures, you think someone had that convo, started and completed voting, and took all 4 screenshots within the same minute. Highly unlikely.

  • Eye4Detail
  • Bad designers everywhere.

  • Well Shen Ye said he made the icon over on his Google+ Here’s the link. https://plus.google.com/116988351660148062102/posts/MPvrAWuJd2H

  • Well Shen Ye said he made the icon here’s a link of the post he made on Google+ https://plus.google.com/116988351660148062102/posts/MPvrAWuJd2H

  • AMPthe13th

    Sweet baby raptor Jesus those screenshots aren’t just fake. They are incredibly ugly. Do not want!

  • It’s Babel, not babble. Just fyi.

  • seeingwhite
  • Unified messaging to me should be all accounts not matter what within one application. G+, Messeger, GV, SMS/MMS, GTalk…..etc.

  • mgamerz


  • joejoe5709

    Why do people try to pass this stuff off as legit. Why not say, “Hey! I came up with a really cool concept. I know it’s not perfect, but feel free to discuss it!”

    • ‘Coz not many people will get interested. Call it “leaked images”, “leaked video” etc and everyone will jump over each other to get to it.

  • Steve Benson

    Looks fake as hell…

  • Stephen Santoro

    Also, a vote of 5 people turned out a total of 9 votes?

  • Eric Souza

    Setting aside all of the obvious design issues here, I *do* like the feature set proposed.

  • That is absolutely hideous. Google can do much better.

  • Charles Hobbs

    Pizzas come with whole, un-cracked peanuts on them???

  • Looks horrible!

  • NoBloggerDotCom

    Wow! These days sites will post pretty much anything for hits.

  • Neal Jacob

    FLAG: The screen shots were all taken 8 hours after they were posted???

  • brkshr

    I like how you guys are experts on Twilight & pointed out the scene πŸ˜›

  • punkroyale

    I love: ‘JC has started a VOTING!’ Great english.

  • pre-april fools

  • The real question is… who knew it was a Twilight scene?

  • Fi La

    “Ham and cheese” in picture 3, “Ham and Cheese” in picture 4 πŸ™‚

  • jeff manning

    I just want to be able to send pics through google voice.

  • “…has started a voting”?

    Even for internal testing, I think they would use proper grammar.

    • Yeah, when I saw that, I lost all belief that these could be real.

  • JBartcaps

    That font….UGLY

  • Definitely fake. There’s no way they’d use that icon. 1) it was for a test service, and 2) I wouldn’t point out that my unified message service was actually four things…

  • kyle

    I just want something to work with SMS like imessage

  • Nick Saulino

    I’m glad you’re reporting these as fake, some sites are reporting them as real.

    Here’s a link to a Reddit thread listing many more discrepancies:


    • zepfloyd

      ….it’s reddit.

  • DanSan

    you guys really are calling this fake based on design flaws? lol wow that cracks me up. im sorry, not everything comes out looking like a diamond right off the bat in alpha/beta stages lol

  • Dillon Brown

    I agree, some of the design language is off too. I doubt there would be that thick grey border around the share icons box, and I would anticipate the conversation flow following a more google now card styling. The background seems too gray also, but the typography in the vote box might make an appearance. Google Keep and the 4.2 clock app are good indicators of where 5.0 and its apps will be design wise.

  • Ryan

    had to show they were fake to make up for the Pauly D google glass video? lol love you guys at DL

    • Pauly D video was hilarious, come on now.

      • Clay S.

        him behind the decks in a music video is full of cringe.

      • Ryan

        Yes i got k to reply lol. And yes very funny lol

  • Even when Babble does make it out, will it be able to combine G+ Messenger and Google Talk? Or do we not know?

  • Mordecaidrake

    Also, it’s not on a Nexus device but a Samsung device.

  • Rafa Sandoval

    Oh god, the huge bold font. The person that made this should have tried harder.

  • Shane Redman

    Why can’t they just buy the ppl that made GroupMe…

    • JMonkeYJ

      cuz microsoft already did πŸ™‚

      • Shane Redman

        Darn it… -_- crafty swine

  • Austin Warren

    Now, I’m hungry.

  • Ya. I wouldn’t believe these shots for a second

  • I doubt it..that design is busy as hell.

  • Jeffrey Beumel Jr.

    It also does not help that the icon they chose to use was debunked by Google a while back when it showed up in a Chrome OS build as being a notification center and not a chatting app icon.

  • Although it’s obvious, I feel the need to actually type that this is a fake

  • These are beyond fake and should definitely not be getting any media coverage. But let’s get some traffic anyways!

    • We really just wanted to show how fake we think they are. πŸ˜›

      • Those pictures are so fake the fake man that invented the fake stuff on the internet would fake some pride for them

      • sc0rch3d

        i’m not sure what’s worse…pointing out fakes or knowing that the pic is a scene from Twilight.

    • The final nail in the design coffin is that the apps icon in the screenshot is actually for the notification generator test app the Chrome team used in building the Chrome Notification system: https://plus.google.com/100132233764003563318/posts/J4GZGvAggTU

    • Riiiiiiiight… Because if there’s one thing Droid Life has shown us over the years it’s that they are heartless D-bags who only care about ad revenue…


  • i can promise you that’s 100% fake, and that’s coming from an app designer.