It's hardly the most surprising bits of news we've come across, but it looks like Google is planning its own messaging service to match BlackBerry BBM and the newly announced iMessage for iOS 5.
The Wall Street Journal quotes unnamed sources as saying Google “has also recently worked on a messaging application” – without going into any further details.
Until just a couple of weeks ago BlackBerry's free data-based BBM messaging service was seen as one of the Canadian firm's few real advantages over rival platforms.
And now it seems Google will be joining the party too, delivering another blow to the increasingly endangered text message.
While the WSJ's sources have said nothing about what Google's twist on the theme will involve, most of the elements needed are pretty much already in place.
Between the Google Talk app for Android, the browser-based Gmail chat facility and the standalone GTalk program for the PC – which also supports video chat – the foundations are already well set. In fact, just about all that's missing is support for sharing photos and videos, and a group chat option.