Google has been innovating their way into the markets of technology for the past several years. Google started off as a search engine and are among the biggest tech firms in the world! The company’s latest focus is towards their enterprise users, and as a result of this, Google just announced that they are now splitting the Hangouts app into two – Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat apps.
Google had been talking about this change of strategy for quite a while now. When they announced the Google Allo and Google Duo apps during the Google I/O 2016 event last year, they made their intentions clear that they plan to move hangouts towards a more enterprise level offering and make it into a tool for businesses and corporate communication. They have achieved this with Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.
Hangouts Meet allows the users to set meetings, and essentially acts as an Amazon Chime competitor. It allows the users to communicate at an enterprise level and set up meetings, conference calls and more. It also comes with the first ever bot for Hangouts, @Meet. This bot makes use of natural language processing to set up meetings. This is indeed a major breakthrough for Google. Hangouts Chats is an app that features topic specific chats where teams can communicate with each other on the basis of their ‘rooms’ created on topics. This is an app that works similar to how Slack works, or how Microsoft Teams app works.
Google has ensured that each of their app now has a specific purpose. While Allo is now for the casual chat and interpersonal communication, Duo is an app for video calling, the Hangouts apps – Hangouts Meet is for setting up meetings and for corporate communications, while the Hangouts Chat app is more about teamwork and intra-group communication.