Google Combines Its Messengers. But Not In The Way We All Hope For
Google continues its efforts to sort out its messengers and communication services. One team will be doing this job. Though it is too early to hope for full integration, partial integration will be available soon.
I mean seriously, just think about it, the company has a shitload of these: Google Messages, Google Duo, Google Chat, Gmail, as well as a recent sensational newcomer – Google Meet.
Previously, the company also had Hangouts, as well as Allo. Hangouts messenger became Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat only for corporate users in 2017. For regular users, Hangouts has been replaced with Google Duo and Allo mobile. And in March 2019, Allo was closed in favor of the standard Messages application for Android.
Last October, Google hired Javier Soltero, an entrepreneur from Puerto Rico, as the CEO and vice president to manage G Suite, as well as Google Meet and Google Chat. Now Messages, Duo, as well as the Google Phone for Android.
This step is very important. Soltero’s team will be in charge of Google’s core communication products. The Top Manager confirmed to The Verge that there are currently no “immediate” plans to change or integrate any Google applications. So it’s too early to start hoping for one unified application or a special integration of different applications between themselves.
Soltero explained: “We are confident that people will choose between the products that they use for specific tasks.” However, communication applications urgently need more inner integration and a clear focus on development. As The Verge points out, Soltero might be the right guy for the tasks.
Google itself noted that all communication products are now assembled under one leader and in one united team led by Soltero.