Google Is Reportedly Working on a New Chat App

Posted on January 28, 2020 by Mehedi Hassan in Cloud with 20 Comments

I wish I was joking, but Google is working on yet another messaging app. The company is reportedly building a new messaging app for businesses.

According to a new report from The Information, Google’s Cloud division is working on this new messaging app for businesses. The new mobile app aims to offer a unified experience for Google Cloud users, bringing the company’s different services together.

Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian apparently discussed the new app at a conference recently. The new app will bring together the functionalities of Google’s other standalone apps. This will include Google Drive, messages with Hangouts Chat, and video calling with Hangouts Meet.

Google will also include Google Calendar integration, but users will have to access that via the standalone Google Calendar app. Google hopes to offer an alternative to the likes of Microsoft Teams and Slack with its new messaging app. It will be part of Google’s G Suite service, meaning it will be completely focused on business users.

Whatever this new app is called will be joining Google’s growing list of messaging apps. The idea of offering a unified experience does sound quite promising, but that is only if Google doesn’t replace it with another new messaging app a few years down the line.

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