Google is rebranding Hangouts Chat as simply Google Chat

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Google has formally removed the Hangouts logo from its enterprise G Suite offering with the rebranding of Hangouts Chat as Google Chat, the corporate confirmed to The Verge on Thursday. The rebranding follows a similar name modification, showed yesterday, from the spouse videoconferencing app Hangouts Meet to Google Meet.

This up to date modification used to be first hinted at by means of an updated G Suite improve file listing the Google Chat identify along Google Meet. in fact, this model of Chat isn’t to be puzzled with the opposite version of Chat, the name Google inexplicably gave its reasonably new RCS-primarily based Android messaging protocol.

As for the Hangouts emblem, it’s going to proceed to continue to exist as the name of the consumer chat app that Google spun out of its shutdown social community Google+ again in 2013 as a non secular successor to Gchat. “there’ll be no changes to the patron (classic) version of Hangouts,” a Google spokesperson tells The Verge.

It’s been a protracted and winding road for Hangouts over the remaining nearly seven years or so. The product by no means achieved the similar level of cultural cachet as Gchat. Google’s continuously messy and misguided messaging strategy also meant Hangouts was once always competing with just about a part-dozen other chat and video messaging apps Google insisted on pushing out over the years.

For now, Hangouts for G Suite — this is the place of business version of just the chat app — will proceed to exist after Google postponed its discontinuation back in August of ultimate 12 months. In its place is now Google Chat, once Hangouts Chat, which is extra of a Slack competitor for extra powerful office productivity and messaging than it is a simple, one-to-one messaging app just like the Gchat of antique. And for everybody else, your web Gmail account and iOS or Android tool can still get admission to the unique, consumer version of Hangouts for the foreseeable long run.

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