According to multiple sources, Google is set to unify their chat service under one moniker that will be dubbed Babble. The name leaves something to be desired, but the idea of finally being able to chat with friends, family, and co-workers while on Google+, GChat, or in a Google Hangout makes the service not only more appealing, but useful.
Drop into Google Drive, or start a Hangout and you’ll quickly see how frustrating the lack of one chat system is. Creating one system would not only allow people to streamline their online conversations, but it would increase engagement across Google’s other services and in turn make them more useful. For instance, I’ve never used Google Hangout, but if the service worked with GChat, and allowed me to start a hangout using my friends contact list, I might just give it a shot, if not just to see what it’s like.
According to Geek.com, Babble would also allow users to easily share photos directly in the chat window, and conversations would be threaded, much like they are in Gmail, from service to service. Since Babble has yet to be officially announced, and is slightly more than a rumor at this point, there is no official launch window. That being said, Google I/O 2013 is coming up (May 15-17), so there is a good chance we could see an announcement then.