Our friends at Phandroid have received an anonymous tip which contained screenshots of Google’s rumoured unified chat service, Google Babble. In terms of appearance, this looks like a refreshed, refined version of Google+’s messenger for Android, including features such as image sharing and polling!
A pop-up menu allows you to attach various things to a message, including sharing files, events, locations, photos, etc, and it looks like you will be able to directly launch into a Google+ Hangout from a button at the top of each chat window.
If these screenshots are to be believed, we could be looking at a replacement for a number of IM solutions, not just Google products like Talk, Google+ Messenger, etc, but for non-Google IMs as well. I can see this kicking WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger and a number of other apps to the kerb. It remains to be seen whether these screenshots are real, and if so, when Google Babble might eventuate, but Phandroid seems to think it could be a keystone feature of Key Lime Pie. Let’s see!