Spaces: Google announces new group messaging app

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Google has announced the launch of Spaces – a new group messaging app designed to help users share a wide variety of content with their friends.

Spaces is much more than instant messaging offered by the likes of Line, Facebook Messenger or Whatsapp and is more focused about sharing information on say, trips, sports, hobbies or other common interests you may share with your friends.

The best way to describe Spaces is a kind of mix between Pinterest, Whatsapp and Reddit and is perhaps and example of how Google sees us communicating in the future: sharing content with a group of friends who share a common interest.

With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in,” said product director Luke Wroblewski in a blog post.

Spaces

When a friend shares something, the conversational view lets everyone join in the fun and understand what everyone is talking about – you can even search for topics, videos or articles previously discussed using the search facility.

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To invite people to a chat it just takes one click and the invites can be made via messaging, a social network or email.

Google plans to experiment with Spaces at the upcoming Google I/O. They have created a space for each session so that developers can connect with each other and Googlers around topics at I/O.
A quick test of Spaces and the app certainly makes sharing content more seamless as there is no having to jump from one app to another.

However, whether this alone would ever make people move over from Whatsapp, Messenger or Line remains to be seen. A year from now and Spaces could be nothing more than the Google+ of the messaging world.

Spaces is already available on Android, iOS, desktop and mobile web for all Gmail accounts.

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