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Messaging apps have come a long way, and the past year in technology has largely revolved around these services with the continued development of artificial intelligence and chat sites, and Google is one of the companies investing heavily in this sector, but the search engine giant has not been able to maintain Its own pace and industry trends. This is the main reason behind this gift that is today’s Google messaging environment.
Seven! This is the number of chat applications that Google has now that none of them actually integrate with each other, and the list includes the following applications “Google Allo, Google Duo, Google Spaces, Messenger, Google Voice, Youtube and Hangouts” In fact, Google Voice has recently been reactivated With a long overdue change, so as you may have already guessed it becomes very difficult to carry on, hence in this article we try to try to deconstruct the seven programs and discuss what they do and why they exist?
Probably the most straightforward app we’ll talk about here is Google’s “one-on-one” live chat client. It was launched last year in the summer and is basically a mobile app for video calling only, and the app has managed to attract more than 10 million downloads primarily due to its simple interface and ability to work on relatively weak networks, but it does not sync with any other service from Google You cannot use it on a computer, and due to its standalone nature you must maintain and update a separate application. It also does not support conference calls, so there is another app for that. Maybe Hangouts?
2. Google Hangouts:
Well, if Duo is a video calling app, why is there Hangouts?
Hangouts does most of it, and it supports text messaging with all graphics, sticker features, voice calling, video calling with group support, desktop synchronization, SMS integration, as well as VoIP depending on where you reside, so it’s the ultimate app ? or not.
The biggest drawback for Hangouts is the lack of interest from Google which is hard to fully comprehend since it is the platform the company should focus the most on, in addition there is no search functionality it has, so it is not recommended to make long conversions on it, and the apps are poorly developed They can be slow in receiving and sending messages. You also miss out on some recent additions like apps for Android and Google Assistant integration into chats.
But in the update (10.03.2017) Google is gearing Hangouts towards enterprises and completely overhauling it to take over platforms like Slack, the first thing you should know is that there are two different types of Hangouts which are Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.
Hangouts Meet is supposed to be a live video conferencing app, it’s also supposed to generate request codes for meetings and send them to participants, and it comes with a recording feature as well, that’s actually nothing more than that.
Things are getting more and more popular when we talk about Hangouts Chat, offering a complete update of rusty old Hangouts and aimed primarily at businesses looking for a Slack alternative. Apart from the usual chatting capabilities, Hangouts Chat as you would expect is tightly integrated with other Google services like Docs and Sheets. Moreover, it supports tabbed text chat programs, and initially Google compiles one of its own programs as well which you can invoke by typing “meet”. It can see anyone’s schedules in a group chat and automatically suggest a meeting time, then schedule it directly in Google Calendar.
Hangouts Chat is currently restricted to users enrolled in the Google Early Approval Program, but with this the company makes at least one thing clear about its goals: Hangouts are not intended for general consumers but for organizations, though, it hasn’t been confirmed, and who knows, Google may come up with Another messaging app to chat with you.
3. Google Allo:
Besides Duo, Google has also introduced Allo, a messaging app that features the company’s assistant that supports AI capabilities, so users can run a search in chats and get results without ever leaving the app. That’s the only reason this app exists, other than that there’s nothing Worrying about it and despite the fact that it’s been more than 6 months since they were announced, Duo and Allo are two standalone apps that raise some important questions about what Google is trying to achieve, and it was easy to combine them together and create a better experience, on top of that Allo doesn’t come with any Backup options, so your conversations will be destroyed if you switch phones, so it’s practically useless unless Google gets serious sometime in the future.
4. Google Messenger:
This is a bare-bones Android app for SMS, Google Messenger is the default app you get when you buy a Nexus or Pixel phone, and while it looks like a platform built to rival Facebook’s Messenger, it isn’t, yet the company has added RCS – Rich Communications Service, an upgrade to the SMS standard – to Messenger, although it can’t compete with Apple or other companies, the bottom line is Messenger is just an SMS app, nothing else to this day.
With the update (10.03.2017) of the application, its name was changed to Android Messages. In another context, RCS is an option to take SMS a step further. This application came to support modern content such as images or HD videos, location and much more, and it is only Just a facilitator of this technology, its primary agenda is to compete with iMessage and provide a global messaging platform on Android.
5. Google Spaces:
Google Spaces is probably the most intuitive Google service if you’ve never heard of it or used it. Actually, it’s not your fault, as most people have misunderstood what the real app is. The simplest way to define Spaces is a group messaging app with a narrow integration of Google services. Where you can create groups or a specific topic, add people, chat, there’s a private timeline showing all recent activity and you can launch Google and YouTube searches right in the chat interface. Think of it as Slack Lite, but that’s less professional.
Of course Google Spaces is great in my opinion, and it’s one of the best social environments out there, however, pulling users away from Facebook or Twitter is almost impossible, and there will be a time Google has to stop this due to the lack of active users, and that’s what actually happened as In update 10.03.2017 the company announced that it is shutting down Spaces.
6. Google Voice:
You probably already know what Google Voice is but some users decided to forget about it recently, since the company hadn’t updated it for five years, users moved to Hangouts and when they were about to feel comfortable there, guess what? Google is doing a complete update of the app from the ground up and it looks like it was recently launched.
If you do not know what Google Voice is, it is a telephone service that users can take advantage of for call forwarding, voice mail, as well as replication, voice and text messaging, and Google Voice had about 3.5 million accounts in 2013, however, Google abandoned Most of these users have moved on to Hangouts or something else, and fortunately Hangouts doesn’t necessarily need to go back in as Google points out that “no need to change to the new apps, but you might want to give it a try as we continue to make new improvements, which is Basically, this means that Google will be very interested in this application.
7. YouTube Chat:
YouTube recently added a private chat feature that allows anyone to share and talk about a video with another user within the YouTube app itself, and apparently this app is only available in some select regions. She also added the forums, and YouTube chat is its own thing and will stay there whether you want to or not.
Conclusion: This has been every messaging app that Google has owned so far, and there are many, but none of them are anywhere near perfect. Using Google’s feature to process messages will eventually hurt it in the future. Hopefully, one day the company will decide to include it. All together and create anything that can compare to services like iMessage or even Facebook messenger. We hope that there will not be any new applications from Google in this area, because the experience by users has started from the past and stopped at one of the stations.