Google has continued the reshaping of G Suite with a rebranding of its Hangouts chat and collaboration service.
Hangouts, which permits customers to talk on-line, will now be often called Google Chat within the enterprise version of Google’s productiveness suite, in line with The Verge.
The transfer marks the whole removing of the Hangouts model from the enterprise model of G Suite, though the Hangouts identify will nonetheless stay on as a part of Google’s consumer-facing chat software program.
This model of Hangouts was spun out of the notorious Google+ social community again in 2013, and won’t see any adjustments, the corporate mentioned in an announcement to The Verge. Which means desktop Gmail customers, in addition to iOS and Android customers, will nonetheless have the ability to use Hangouts in the identical means.
The rebranding to Chat might trigger some preliminary confusion, as Google gave the identical moniker to its RCS-based Android messaging service, introduced just a few months in the past.
The corporate’s videoconferencing service, beforehand often called Hangouts Meet, can be getting a refresh. The information was revealed in a Google Cloud weblog publish, which unveiled the service’s new title of Google Meet.
Google Meet might want to transfer quick to make sure it stays on the entrance of thoughts for enterprise customers in what has change into a crowded market in latest weeks. Many consumer might have already pivoted to utilizing video conferencing providers equivalent to Zoom in response to the global need to work from home following the coronavirus outbreak.
The service has already seen a huge surge in users, with Google revealing that Meet’s usage was 25 times larger than what it had seen in January, gaining around two million new users every day.
Last month Google decided to extend some features of Meet, such as allowing 250 participants in video calls and live streaming for up to 100,000 viewers on a domain, to help people stay connected during this trying time. These features are normally only available to G Suite Enterprise customers but the search giant decided to offer them to all of its G Suite customers until July 1, though this deadline has now been extended until September 30.
According to Google Cloud CEO Thomas Kurian, Google Meet racked up two billion minutes of video calls in March and during that time, the service grew by 60 percent day over day.
Via The Verge