Google is Slackifying Hangouts

Google is creation vast changes to Hangouts.

After what feels like years though poignant updates, a association announced a sum renovate of a messaging app. In an bid to make Hangouts some-more business-friendly, Google is bursting a use into dual apart apps: Hangouts Meet, a videoconferencing app, and Hangouts Chat, a Slack-like messaging app designed for teams. 

Meet, that is starting to hurl out now, is a revamped chronicle of Hangouts’ video job features, with a few new additions designed for businesses. Like a aged Hangouts, it supports video calls of adult to 30 people and participants can join around their desktop or a mobile app. 

But a interface has been totally redesigned from a aged chronicle Hangouts, with an updated demeanour that creates it easier to see everybody on a call. Google says it’s also severely softened a routine for fasten meetings, that it describes as a many critical idea with a new app. 

“Simply start your meetings with a common couple — no accounts, plugins, downloads or hassles,” Scott Johnston, executive of product government for for Hangouts writes. “If you’re dialing in from a discussion room, your laptop or regulating a dedicated mobile app, only a few clicks and you’re in.”

For craving subscribers, any assembly invitation is also accompanied by a dial phone series so remote participants can dial into meetings while on a go. 

While anyone with a Gmail comment can use Meet, Hangouts Chat is only for Google’s craving users. Essentially a full-on Slack competitor, a use allows teams within organizations to discuss and supports a accumulation of third-party integrations, including bots and other capability apps. Google also combined a possess bot for a app, that will report meetings on your behalf.

So if Meet and Chat are built for business, what’s going to occur to a consumer chronicle of Hangouts? Google’s plan around messaging, like so many of a other services, has been rather confusing. In further to Hangouts, a association has discuss app Allo and video job app Duo, both of that launched final year. 

Google is also in a midst of overhauling Android’s local messaging app, with an refurbish that will move a knowledge adult to standard with iMessage and other apps.  

That might sound like a lot of surplus messaging services though a plan appears to be this: refocus Hangouts, with a low ties to Gmail and other capability apps used by a company’s craving users, to a some-more business-friendly knowledge while positioning Allo, Duo (and shortly Android Messages) as a consumer-oriented experiences.  

This plan also creates clarity given that Google’s entrance into a craving communication space comes as Slack’s foe has started to feverishness up. Microsoft also recently launched a possess competing service, Microsoft Teams, and Slack only introduced a craving use for vast organizations.

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