Google Unveils Hangouts Meet, Hangouts Chat for Businesses

Messaging in Chat and using the @meet bot to schedule a meeting.                  Google

They need something that will help them to connect over video, and their chat experience has to be collaborative.

That's because Hangouts is turning into a group chat system that looks a hell of a lot like Slack.

Hangouts Chat is, as you'd expect from the name, the text messaging chunk of Hangouts.

But even if Google Hangouts - in its new avatar - is not able to directly compete with Slack or Microsoft Teams, it's a major upgrade for Hangouts. There's no word on what will happen to the regular "Google Hangouts" service, which now exists on the majority of Android phones. It's essentially a useful and cost-effective collaboration platform for the average person as well as enterprise customers. Now Hangouts has had video calling for sometime, but fGoogle has rebuilt it from scratch in order to make it easier for enterprises who are on GSuite. And they want to respond quickly to conversations that are going on within their team.

To have the video meeting planned in the best way, Hangouts Meet is friends with Google Calendar too, allowing you to coordinate with participants pretty well. On Thursday, March 9, Google split the app into two: a video chat service called Hangouts Meet and a team messaging service called Hangouts Chat. There will be no accounts, plugins, downloads, or hassles required. If you need to make a conference call, the app also comes with a unique dial-in phone number for this goal.

Hangouts Meet may sound familiar because Google quietly unveiled the iOS Meet app in late February. Hangouts Chat though is only accessible through the Early Adopter Program which interested G Suite customers can apply to join here. Whether developers flock to the platform or not remains a question, but being able to create a bot around the G Suite could be very appealing. And for G Suite Enterprise customers, each meeting has a dedicated dial-in phone number. Chat also supports bots and custom scripting as well as third-party apps.

Google's director of product management for Drive Scott Johnston told TechCrunch that threaded conversations were the primary reason this update took so long.




Hangouts Chat wraps its focus around team messaging and will offer rooms, similar to Slack.

On the second day of its ongoing Cloud Next event here, Google announced several upgrades to its existing apps to make them more relevant for enterprises.

It's clear that Chat and Meet are focused on executives only.

Google has launched the the business variant of its popular Hangouts app today on the Play store, dubbed as Hangouts Meet. It's now available through Google's early-adopter program. Go here for more information about that.

Not long ago, Fulay actually stated outright that Allo and Duo are meant for the consumer space, while business users should be looking more to Hangouts.

You can use Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat as part of your G Suite package. Google also announced Team Drive, which has over 800 million monthly active users.

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