Google Babel is the rumored service that will be one chat service to rule them all. Combining Google Talk (Gmail chat, Google+ chat, iGoogle chat, Google Talk Voice, Google Talk Video), Google+ Messenger, Google+ Hangouts, Google Voice (SMS texts/phone calls), and who knows, probably some more into just one service, it would be a huge change from Google’s current mess of chat methods. The idea has been around and rumored for years, and as Google has slowly kept adding new services rather than merging old ones, the idea has seemed like more and more of a pipe dream.
Now, I’m not one to go crazy over rumors, but Droid Life has a “leaked” Google memo, and it claims tha- OH. MY. GOD. CAN THIS POSSIBLY BE REAL?! THIS IS WORD FOR WORD WHAT EVERYONE’S DREAM OF THE SERVICE WOULD BE.
I have trouble believing this specific leak, as it really does seem to be too perfect. It would fix Google Voice’s annoying multiple notifications on multiple devices, let me send pictures to friends from Gmail chat, have group conversations with people in both Gmail and Google+ messenger, give iMessage a run for it’s money via a service available on both iOS and Android, give Google Voice a new kick of life, and not to mention the whole simplification of Google’s many, many, many chat services which in itself is an incredible feat.
So is it real? After this many years of thinking Google was going to launch something like this, only to find them adding new chat services, I can not fathom a service like this actually existing and being so right on the first try. But, the evidence of Babel being real is becoming overwhelming, so when it does inevitably launch, let’s hope that it really is as awesome as as this memo claims.
And the name Babel? I don’t like it one bit, but all of the good names are already taken… by Google. Hopefully, if it does launch as “Babel”, it someday becomes just Google Chat.
Google Voice update! Not that it’s a big update, but ever since the Google Reader announcement to be shut down, I’ve been paranoid of losing everything tech I love. This at least means something is happening.
I think it all points to another app taking over Google Voice’s duties. Google is either baking in special support for its own app, or they’re going to start supporting a 3rd party Google Voice ecosystem about a million years too late. GV is going to at least partially readying to transfer data to something, we just aren’t sure what.
So is it just going to be better integrated into Android Key Lime Pie? Is this in preparation for Google Babel to take over? Only time will tell. Google I/O can you not get here any sooner?!
Love the cards look seen at the bottom of the first page, with nice, big icons. Also love that Games is finally a category equal to its peers, rather than being that weird button next to the categories.
(Ignore the oddly colored action bars at the top, those apparently are codes to identify who leaked the pics)
WebKit, the rendering engine used by many browsers, but most known for Chrome and Safari is being dropped from Chrome for a new engine based on WebKit called Blink.
While I’m a big fan of WebKit, the promise of Blink sounds great, with it helping to encourage web designers to use standards, but more importantly, I think Google is going to leverage Blink to really boost up the capabilities of what a “web app” is, and really help blur the line between how a web app and native app function.
Personally I’m trying to move “into the cloud” as much as possible, and while I certainly enjoy the benefits, I’ll admit that there still is a large gap between web and native apps in terms of loading and responsiveness. I look forward to Google removing this barrier.
Also: Opera has already announced that they will be using Blink over WebKit. Which brings up the point, why even bother announcing the swap to WebKit when they did? Why not just wait?
The news of this honestly hit me very hard, I’ve been using Google Reader since 2005. It’s been one of, if not the website I love the most. I can understand Google’s thought process in seeing that obviously it doesn’t have a huge number of users, but personally I believe they underestimate just how important it is to those who do use it. I sincerely hope Google reconsiders.
But, the good news is that Google Reader was essentially just a shell around the actual content. I’ll have to find a new RSS reader that I like. Currently, I’m attempting to try out Feedly, and it seems very nice, but my problem is that I keep checking Reader instead out of habit.
I can only hope that this is being done due to Currents being on the verge of launching a replacement via a web interface. Currents is certainly a very attractive app, and the fact it only exists in that form and not a web interface is literally the exact opposite of Google’s beliefs. But, if this were the case, why not wait until it was ready, instead leaving us to scramble to competitors? I don’t see it happening, and being an RSS reader is already a feature seeming tacked on to the Currents app.
I will sincerely miss you Google Reader, it’s been a great 7 years. The way I use the internet is about to completely change.
Personally, I’m a believer that the “leaked” video is legit. I get that there is a lot of doubt, and frankly, I’d agree that I should be with the popular vote that it’s fake.
I’m just blinded by how well done the video is, and just can’t believe that an agency (with such poor previous ads) would come out of nowhere with this pretty awesome video. And, while I mentioned it was so un-Google-like, I believe that it’s because the video wasn’t for a comercial, but for Google I/O or some event. Imagine that being Google’s “one more thing”.
Well, at least I got a little evidence to help me out on my side. In the Chrome OS source, François Beaufort found references to that colorful “Light Bar” on the top of it in the video. At the least, the video did it’s homework if it is a fake.
I certainly hope it’s real, or that Google is working on something similar. I’d love to see a Chromebook that isn’t trying to be a second computer. As much as Chromebooks have improved, they just don’t compare to running Chrome on my MacBook Pro. Obviously there is a huge spec difference, but why not make a Chromebook that’s just powerful enough to run super smooth? Why have to settle?
Whats up with the touchscreen though? Seems unnecessary. And the ad is very un-Google-like. Yet the video is pretty well made… AHH! I can’t decide to believe it or not!
And a Mini DisplayPort and/or Thunderbolt port? So far those have been pretty Apple specific, though I suppose if they want to support large resolutions, HDMI wouldn’t cut it?
Yeah, yeah, that’s not rare, and pretty much the point of Chrome Beta… so what?
WHAT? THIS ONE’S GOT FLAGS!
Hit up chrome://flags (works in the browser version of Chrome too!) once updated and start playing with those options too out there for normal consumers or features that are still in the crazy experimental phase! FUN STUFF FOR NERDS!
There are not too many which work with the mobile version yet, but I’m sure more will come! How about a flag to swap the icon to the one without the word beta? Any flags you guys wanna see?
This is my biggest beef with Android, and it has nothing to do with the OS itself. I really wish Google was more restrictive in requiring updates.
Samsung, HTC, etc., are against the concept of Google owning Motorola, but at this point, forget the other companies, I hope Google just starts focusing on Motorola. Give the all rest the source code, make them keep up with Motorola.
Also: Verizon sucks. I’m sitting here, with my Galaxy Nexus, a Nexus phone which I bought the day it came out, at the time only available at Verizon, and am now stuck with a Nexus phone currently three, count’em three, updates behind.