Is Google Planning to Release a Unified Messaging Service?
In the early morning (here in the U.S.), François Beaufort treated Google+ to a look at rich notifications on Chrome OS. However, it was an icon pinned to the launcher tray that really caught everyone’s attention.
If you take a close look, the icon resembles four messaging icons stacked upon one another. This heavily hints at the possibility of Google rolling out a unified messaging service. François Beaufort was quick to state that he does not yet know what that app is, however, he adds a sly little wink at the end to keep us wondering.
If this is to be a unified messaging app from Google, it would be one that is long overdue. For years we’ve been dealing with messaging services such as Google Talk, Voice, Messenger, Gmail, G+, etc. with no signs of a consolidated service. Now, it would appear Google has indeed been working on such a service — which might also explain the absence of Google Talk updates.
I, for one, am very excited of the prospect of a unified messaging service. It’s long overdue and I’m ready. Let’s do this Google!