Rumor has it that Google is going to consolidate their messaging offerings into a single app called "Babel." Support for the app will be baked into Android 5.0 / Key Lime Pie – the next edition of Android. It will likely be announced in May at Google I/O.
Already, there are plenty of images circulating around the web, purporting to show the new app. Many have been debunked. So what should you expect Babel to actually look like?
I think the app will take its cue from Google+, Google's social-networking site. Considering how much Google wants people to join it, why wouldn't they try to bake Babble into it? It makes perfect sense: communicating through Google+ would encourage users to stick around, maybe update their profile or click on a few items in the news feed.
The image above is by no means what Babel will actually look like. It's just a mockup. But I wouldn't be surprised if it borrowed the same design cues.
Imagine being able to start a Google Hangout from your Drive account or share documents on Google+? It's all going to be possible with Google Babel. I can't wait.