There are so many different ways to communicate with friends and family over the Internet, it is a wonder any of us get any work done during the day. Google alone has six different chat clients, none of which interact with each other. Geek.com is reporting that Google has plans to unify its multiple chat platforms into one messaging service called, “Babble.”
Currently, you could connect with others through Google Talk, Hangout, Messenger, Voice, Chat for Drive, and Google Talk for Google Plus. Even though the same company runs all of these different platforms, none of them work together. That is, none of them work very well together.
Google has plans to bring them under one roof with a cross platform chat client that could potentially be Android’s answer to iMessage.
Babble would allow users to share photos within a chat window, start a Hangout with contacts, and continue conversations across multiple platforms. Basically, it would be the same thing as iMessage, but specifically for Google chat clients instead of Apple clients.
Currently, iOS and OSX users can enjoy the convenience of chatting with other compatible users for free. You can send a chat from your desktop to your mom, pick up the conversation on your laptop, grab your iPhone on the way out the door while waiting for her to respond, and tell her to stop bugging you about your laundry while playing Real Racing 3 on your iPad. Each chat transfers over to all devices so you will never miss what was said.
Babble appears to be headed in that same direction for Android-based devices. What makes Google’s chat client unifier more appealing is that users don’t have to be Apple fans in order to communicate. It is unclear whether the service will be compatible for iOS, but if it is, that would mean that you could chat with your mom through Google Chat while having a Hangout with your brother, who refuses to allow Apple products into his house, and your conversations won’t get lost in transition.