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I Hope This is What Google Babble Actually Looks Like

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Over the last week, we have seen our fair share of purported leaks for Google Babble, the supposed all-in-one unified messaging service from Google. Most appear to be silly mock-ups or guesses that take into account certain Android design guidelines here or there, but few are believable. And then there is the mock-up pictured above, posted by a media designer at Dutch site Skloink. While we wouldn’t suggest that you buy into this as being the real deal (we’re not), it’s the closest we have seen to what we would envision a unified Google messenger service looking like. 

First, it looks a heck of a lot like Google+, which makes complete sense. Google is trying everything in their power to get users to make Google+ a part of their lives, so taking design language from that app and then pushing it into a unified messaging is probably the right call.

We’re also seeing Google Now-styled cards that separate conversations (like we have seen in Google Play 4.0), along with a “Shared Photos” section that we would assume means photos recently shared between you and that person. There is a top left menu button that shows an unread conversations count, a drop down which reads “Chats,” Hangout button in the text area, and images that appear to be pulled directly from G+ profiles.

It’s very polished.

We’re still confused at the supposed name of “Babble,” but if the finished product looks anything like this, we’d forgive Google.

Via:  Skloink

Cheers Derek!

  • Diane

    I’m eager for Google “Babble” or “Babel” to come out :] Bringing all the chatting features together makes most sense!

    Love the hot HTC One featured!!! Great choice!

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  • KRS_Won

    I’d much rather see it called GTalk 2.0, than Babble.
    If its supposed to unify all messages,why make ANOTHER messaging app? Just have the option to add in services…like back in the IM days.

  • Anthony Dunlap

    I hope this is the app! I’ve been hoping for something like this for a long time.

  • Christian

    It seems like it would make more sense for them to update Google+ Messenger to this and have it absorb the other services (like Google Talk) since they do a similar function. Not sure if they would give it a different name, but Babble doesn’t seem right for Google.

  • Why is the “Shared Photos” stream in the middle of the screen like that?? Where would a new msg that I send or receive appear?

    Below the “Shared photo” stream – the photo stream would look like a banner ad in that case. Bad UI.

    The new msgs will *whooooosh” pop above the “Shared photo” stream and keep pushing the stream down? That won’t look good either.

    Unless that is not an ‘active chat’ window and only “chat history with user ABC” window.

  • JimDean

    has anyone tried contacts+? it looks solid, but i haven’t messed around with it yet.

  • XvierX

    There are services that allow me to text via my pc and obviously Gtalk works with Chrome but the one service that elude’s me is Google+ Messenger. My siblings and I are on it constantly. I’ts been the best way for my fam to keep in touch. The only problem is that for some reason Google won’t let you use it online. It’s annoying that Google+ Messenger is the only service I can’t access via my PC. Not a big deal, just frustrating. I like that I can browse and play on my PC and not have to pick up my handset or tablet to reply to messages. Can’t wait for this to come out.

  • Luke Olson

    the author is a Communication & Multimedia Design student. Possibility of a fake is >90%

  • The Dude

    As long as they update Google Voice, which hasn’t been updated in years, I’m ok.

  • I wish we didn’t have to wait any longer to find out….

    • Prototyping is important, otherwise the program will be buggy and annoying.

      • Wasn’t arguing that at all. Just simply stating I am ready for it to be released when it’s ready.

  • SpikedRed

    Uhm, Has everyone forgotten that Google LOVES April first, which is also known as: APRIL FOOL’S DAY?!

  • babel not babble

  • derek connolly

    I still don’t have any friends (zero) that use Google+. Its sad, I wish everybody would switch.

    • Sad part is that its really good….I think that because facebook forbids google to use its contact list it holds people back…..for example when you go to add users on g+ unless you know their email address your pretty much screwed…..This is contradictory to how google works in which when you go to add users on facebook you can put in your google credentials and load your contact list……

  • Ricardo Durand

    This isn’t a mock up, it’s a early build look at the shadow of the thing and palm on the screen.

    • the photo itself is probably real, but whats on the screen is just an image created with photoshop or some other photo editing software, then the image just uploaded to the phone and brought up in the gallery or something.

      that being said, i could totally see this design being used. Google has done a great Job of making their apps look gorgeous as of late…and this is nothing different.

  • nightscout13

    Much cleaner looking

  • Roshan John

    There’s been a lot of comments about a unified messaging service but I hope this includes group texts with iOS and fellow Android users.

    • iFan

      cant believe android doesn’t have this yet. i’ve been looking forward to this so my android friends can finally participate in a group conversation

      • Roshan John

        Yeah. iMessage is pretty solid. I’ve had to use GroupMe for the same functionality.

        Hopefully Babble rocks the competition.

    • Scott

      I hope so. Since I’m the only one in my family without an iPhone. Then I could drop my absurd text messaging plan.

  • Chris512

    Them front facing stereo speakers… Am I the only one who thinks this should be a new standard for premium Android devices?

    • Dan

      Probably not, but I never listen to anything on my phone speakers except rings/alarms/notifications. imo they just made the phone bigger than it needs to be, prefer the DNA over this.

    • TSY87

      agreed, most phones have more than enough space above and below the screen to stick a speaker.. instead of having it on the back, forcing you to awkwardly cup your phone if you ever want to show a video to a friend on the go.

    • mikeym0p

      I agree, if they killed the black bezel on the top and bottom and put the HTC logo in the top speaker the phone would look perfect.

  • Clay S.

    i still think babble is the project name, with the real one yet to be announced/leaked/etc

  • Sherman J. Buster

    Babble: to talk foolishly or idly; chatter

    Also, think of how Google likes to name things…Nexus from Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? The first thing I thought of when I saw Google Babble was the Babel fish from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. From the book “”The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the universe. It feeds on brain wave energy, absorbing all unconscious frequencies and then excreting telepathically a matrix formed from the conscious frequencies and nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain, the practical upshot of which is that if you stick one in your ear, you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language: the speech you hear decodes the brain wave matrix.”

    • j

      I think the name is stupid.

    • babel, not babble. That’s why I pronounce it Bay-behl so people know the difference.

      • Sherman J. Buster

        I realize that Babel is not pronounced the same as babble. I was just saying that it is the first thing I thought of when hearing of Google Babble, mainly because of a similarity between the words.

        Babble truly has an unknown origin, as no two dictionaries seem to agree on it’s origin. The Oxford English Dictionary says that babble’s origin is from the word babbelen or possibly a repeating of the sound a child may make “ba.” Merriam-Webster says it’s origin is from babelen (similar to the Oxford Dict. just minus a “b,” which also brings it closer to Babel) from the 13th century. Either of these could be from the Biblical story of the Tower of Babel, where the Christian God confounded the languages of the workers, and ultimately the languages of all on Earth (Genesis 11:9). For completeness, other dictionaries sometimes cite different sources for the word babble, including babbein (Swedish), balbutire (Latin), or balbuthah (Sanskrit).

        • It also reminds me of the word “bubble”, which could be obviously referred to the chat bubbles you see even in the image above.

          • Sherman J. Buster

            I can see that.

    • Babel is just an internal project name. It’s going to be called Google Hangouts.


  • Matthew Gissentanna

    Looks Good. I hope this comes out soon. Maybe before I/O

  • Tyler Casilio

    Babble, like people just babbling on about stuff. It is a message thing so it kinda fits I guess, maybe.

    • S_T_R

      Nah. It’s a horrible name.

      • WalkerNA

        To each their own. I for one like it. Certainly better than their original ‘Huddle’ when G+ was released.

        • Luke Olson

          I bet this just call it talk. No need to waste a good name

    • Larizard

      I’m pretty sure “Babble” is an internal codename for the product. I bet they’d go with something more straight-forward at release, like maybe, “Buzz”.

    • Larizard

      And the app icon will look like this

    • I thought it was a reference to the Tower of Babel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tower_of_Babel

  • JBartcaps

    I don’t understand the notification count on a menu button, and am wondering where the holo slide menu is…

    • Tommy Thompson

      That’s not the menu button, the menu button is on the right side. See the three dots?

      • JBartcaps

        See the three lines under the notification count? Same three lines as Google Chromes menu button, but that is the desktop version menu

        • Tommy Thompson

          On the desktop. This isn’t the desktop. This android.

  • Tommy Thompson

    Definitely fits with Google’s latest themes and color choices.

  • This looks pretty cool but I can’t wait until we get some concrete info on this new unified messaging app. I just want it soooo bad.

  • KleenDroid


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    • punkroyale

      I agree. I heavily use Google Talk for work. Right now i use Adium and Pidgin to marry all chat services. Babble, if real, would be great (esp when mobile).

  • Rick Lopez

    DAM is it me or does that pic make the HTC ONE LOOK SIC!!!!!!!!!Please come to Verizon.

    • Austin Warren

      it’s not.

      • Kyle Miller

        You sure?

        • Austin Warren


        • Mapekz

          He’s not just sure, he’s HIV sure.

          Wait…damn it.

          • nightscout13

            This isn’t reddit. If you’re looking for karma, wrong place.

      • Greyhame


        • Austin Warren

          HTC saying it’s not. That’s enough proof right there. Also the fact that there is no where to put their logo.

          • Replacing HTC with Verzion, is probably the reason to the delay. They have to sharpie it out on a few units first.

          • Greyhame

            An OEM’s word is proof enough for you? Interesting.

          • Austin Warren

            Uhm yeah, because they make the phone. Not verizon.

          • Greyhame

            Never said anything about VZW. I just know manufacturers have been less than truthful before…. ALL of them. So good for you if you wanna drink up that kool-aid. I’ll choose to wait and see as there have been many reports to the contrary.

          • Austin Warren

            No kool aid. Just grape soda

    • George L

      It’s not just you. It does look sick! I’d definitely consider getting this as my backup phone should anything happen to my Nexus 4.

      In related news, per your comment, I doubt it’s coming to Verizon but I read earlier today that the Droid DNA should be getting an updated version soon. So who knows but maybe you’ll luck out and it’ll be based on the HTC One.

      • Austin Warren

        A $800 phone to back up at $350 one?

        • George L

          Lol. I am crazy like that. And I love tinkering. So if it’s hackable and whatnot it’d definitely be fun to mess with. I doubt I’d keep it long too. I have a habit of purchasing devices, rooting and ROMing them and then selling them off to others and getting my money back (and using said funds to purchase something I really want like a new tablet or laptop or going on a trip).

          Most people I find want what custom ROMs and root allows for and do but don’t want to go throw the process of achieving all that themselves.

          • Jimneezy

            Are you sure you’re not me from another dimension? I do the exact same thing

        • ChrisI

          first worls problems….

    • punkroyale

      A depth of field filter can make anything look good–Even an HTC product.

    • JBartcaps

      HTC One looks amazing with anything other than blinkfeed on its screen

    • Jaron1226

      Yeah, it’s just you. The Galaxy S4 looks better.

    • jbreezy

      yup… exactly!!!