Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG), a popular investment among hedge funds, has been working to streamline itself – as evidenced with selling off its DailyDeal arm and shedding parts of its Motorola Mobility acquisition – in an attempt to maximize profitability for the company. At the same time, Google is working o enhance and improve its services to generate more traffic and to make it a one-stop online shop for virtually anything a user might want or need. One thing that has affected some of that traffic has been some disjointed platforms that essentially serve the same purpose but do not communicate or integrate with each other.
In terms of chat and messaging, Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) has been running into a problem, as it had developed chat and messaging services within each of its platforms – such as Google Talk, Google Hangout, Google Voice, Google Chat, Gmail Chat and Google+ – rather than developing a unified platform that can be accessed by all of the services. Until now.
There is a report out that Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) is taking the step of unifying all of is chat and messaging platforms under what is being called Google Babble, which allows all of these chat and messaging platforms to communicate with each other, which would allow Google to provide a platform that would finally be competitive more directly with Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) Messenger, Facebook Inc. (NASDAQ:FB) Messenger and iMessage by Apple Inc. (NASDAQ:AAPL). Apparently, Google will develop a single chat box that will include many of the best features of each of its platforms – allowing for ease to create hangouts, share pictures and videos and even do voice chatting.
This new platform is expected to be announced at the Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) I/O Conference in May and would be available on PCs pretty quickly after the unveiling, and apps for Android and Chrome OS will be expected soon thereafter as well.
What do you think? Can this be something that may help Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) reach out to users? Do you find chat or messaging services vital or at least an important part of your work or personal life? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.
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