New Google Play Redesign Leaks Yet Again As “Babel” Chat Name Surfaces Inside Of Gmail


A new leak coming out of a Google+ posting yesterday is giving us another look at the upcoming Play Store redesign. First things first, as you can see with the dog bone in the corner, Google is “dogfooding” this new design internally to employees and shows a brand new landing page than discovered in a leak this past March. All that means that what we see now is subject to change the build is for employees only and likely not a final version.

The image itself shows that Google is highlighting the changes with a quick message “to make it easier to browse and discover new favorites.” This new appears to be spot on as part of the Holo-themed leak we saw last month.

At the same time as the leak of Google’s new Play Store landing page, comes another hint that Google’s rumored “Babel” chat rebrand is sneaking out of Mountain View. The below image surfaced when one Google+ member cleaned out his trash inside of Gmail as one might usually do. According to Droid-Life, the “Babel” feature set now listed for employees includes:

  • Access the same conversation list from anywhere
  • A new, conversation-based UI
  • Advanced group conversations
  • Ability to send pictures
  • Improved notifications across devices

Our hope is that both “Babel” and the redesigned Google Play store are on the agenda for Google I/O as the uptick in news leaking out appears to be pretty coincidental.

Google+ Eileen Rivera; Google+ Patric Dhawann via Droid-Life

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  • Chris

    Are people forgetting about gtalk? Why does google need an entire new messaging application? Or is gtalk just going to be rebranded to Babel?


      babel is suppose to have direct integration into the the text messaging app like iMessage

      • Vloo

        Hurray! Been waiting for this for such a long time.

      • Chris

        Oh. I guess I don’t know about that. Never used imessage or bbm. What’s the difference?

      • Mark

        You mean like Motoblur did, where texts, chats, and email were all concentrated into one widget? Damn, I miss that thing. (Serious, not sarcastic/ironic.) Yes, it was slow, but I loved what it actually did.

  • vrm

    They need to ‘fix’ google curents – it sucks data. I started monitoring data usage after switching to a limited data plan and it is by far the biggest user of data – more than even google play ( I had always used mobile data connection for google play) !

    • steveb944

      Thanks for letting me know. I was considering it for replacing Reader but I think I’ll keep trying with feedly

  • James

    I hope this new design rolls out soon, it’s very sleek and simple and not so complicated.

  • DJ Lawless Oneâ„¢

    So glad they separated games from apps. That is my only problem with the current play store.

  • Thepinkplanet

    So, will this b exclusive to Android like iMessage is to apple? I want android to have as much exclusivity as possible. It’s time for Android to start poppin’ it’s collar

  • mdosu