Google ‘Babel’ To Be Named ‘Hangout’?

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We’ve heard so much about Google’s unified messaging system, called Babble, Babel, and now we’re hearing it called ‘Hangout’. Personally, I don’t really like any of the names, but I’d prefer Babble, or Babel because naming it Hangout is going to be confusing since we already have Hangouts on Google+.

This rumor of it being called ‘Hangout’ comes from a member in The Verge’s forums, Ryan Socio, who said that he had a chance to check out Hangout for a minute or too. Ryan says that the app is more of an overhaul on Google Talk than a whole new app. Also, the icon is green and pretty similar to the Google+ messenger icon, according to Ryan. He also said that the UI is going to be Holo, which is exactly what we’d expect. Ryan also said that it’ll unify messaging, which we were expecting.

I know what you’re thinking here. Why are we writing up a post about a forum post? Well, this very same guy had advanced notice of all the devices Google was launching at their event last fall (which got cancelled due to a hurricane). So that makes us believe that he has a inside track at Google. But on another note, if he does have an inside track with Google, no one can find him over on Google+. Also a quick Google search for his name only shows a LinkedIn and Disqus profile.

Additionally, some of what we’ve heard previously ties right into Ryan’s post. So this could be right, but we won’t know until Google officially announces Babel, Babble, Hangout, or whatever they decide to name it. We’re definitely hoping we’ll see this new app/service unveiled at Google I/O in just over a week. We’ll keep digging to see if we can find some more information regarding Google’s unified Messaging service.

How many of you are excited for Babble/Babel/Hangout? Let us know in the comments down below.

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