Google has finally revealed it’s long term strategy for Hangouts and it involves two new apps Chat and Meet.
The long awaited update to Google Hangouts is a pleasant surprise for enterprise users who are already integrated with the G Suite apps. The new versions for Hangouts, Chat and Meet, will bring smart group chats and video conferencing to compete directly with the likes of Slack, Facebook for Business and Microsoft’s new Teams. Google has admittedly struggled with it’s messenging strategy and confused users with many apps that did the same thing. Hangouts was supposed to be the all in one messenging app for consumers but lack of updates and shorty features made it a bit of an eye sore. Finally, Hangouts has a clear vision and it’s the enterprise.
Hangout Chats is an impressive smart communication app for businesses to use for one-to-one chatting and for group chatting among teams. It has a deep integration with Google Docs and Sheets which makes sharing and collaborating in documents a breeze. It also has threaded messages and an enhanced search feature that allows users to search for people, file types, links and specific rooms. It also has bots with the first one being @meet that will help you schedule a video call via Hangouts Meet. They are integrated with a few third parties as well so more and more bots will be available soon.
Hangouts Meet is an HD video calling app that makes creating and joining a video call easy. Users can schedule a meeting via the @meet bot or from Google Calendar. Meetings can have up to 30 people and the lightweight app promises to run smoothly no matter how many people are on the call. There is no plugin required before joining a meeting and non-invited users can simply “knock” to gain entry. This will make video calling less rigid and more flexible. Dedicated dial-ins will be included as well making Hangouts Meet a fully fledged video conferencing tool.