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Google expected to launch iMessage competitor on iOS soon

References to Google's new chat service, Babel, have been found in Gmail's HTML code suggesting the service will be launching soon on a number of platforms

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References to Google’s much-rumoured new chat service, Babel, have been found inside Gmail’s source code, suggesting a launch on multiple platforms is imminent.

According to a report from the Google OS blog, a description found inside Gmail’s HTML code suggests that the service will run on a number of platforms, including iOS and Android, and feature Hipchat-like group messaging and more.

The source code description reads:

Upgrade Chat to Babel! Babel is Google’s new messenger with clients for Android, iOS, Chrome, Google+ and Gmail. Access the same conversation list from anywhere!

The service is expected to unify Google’s current chat services which spans across Google Talk, Gmail Chat and Google+ Messenger. Its launch on iOS, though, positions it as a possible iMessage competitor with the added bonus of being cross-platform and available through any browser.

Previous speculation pencilled in the launch of Babel around the same time as this year’s Google I/O event in May.