Google Chat will replace Hangouts in 2021 for free. We talked about the Google Workspace project before, this app will be a part of this project too.
The new thing is mainly the name, Chat will have the same functions as Hangouts, such as direct messages and groups, plus some additional features such as faster search, emojis and response suggestions.
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Google Chat will replace Hangouts and it is a part of Google Workspace
Workspace is the new project that replaces G Suite and integrates Gmail, Calendar and Meet, and with Workspace, the icons of these products become more consistent, although not exactly more stylish.
Google Meet will continue to be a separate video conferencing application though. Google says that Chat will allow you to plan with others who share your goals and interests, collaborate on files, and assign tasks to keep a group coordinated. They also claim to have strong phishing protections such as Gmail, so when someone sends you a link through Google Chat, it will be checked in real-time by Google for malicious content.
During the first half of 2021, all users will be able to start upgrading from Hangouts to Google Chat. Any conversations, contacts, and history you have stored in Hangouts will be automatically migrated to Chat, although Google says it will share more specific instructions when the process begins.
Google Chat will replace Hangouts in 2021 for free. The idea this time is to have everything integrated into the Google Workspace, and now we’ll see special tabs for Meet, and Chat next to our Gmail inbox either from the web or in mobile applications. We’ll see if it will be more successful than Hangouts.