Google is engaged on one other communications software, this one for workplaces, that can mix a number of completely different platforms it already operates, in line with a brand new report from The Info. This new product is designed to unify completely different Google companies the corporate sells to companies, together with elements of its G Suite like corporate-grade Gmail and Google Drive.

It could additionally bundle collectively the assorted, considerably complicated variants of Hangouts. As soon as a consumer-focused communications platform, Hangouts is now geared towards enterprise clients. It has since been cut up into Hangouts Meet, a video chat app, and Hangouts Chat, a real-time text-based successor to Gchat. However which means Google could also be introducing yet one more communications platform, or one thing related, into an already confounding ecosystem of current companies.

Simply to take inventory, Google has Hangouts, the app it’s slowly phasing out in favor of Hangouts Chat and Meet, but all three are coexisting proper now after Google delayed the shutdown of the usual Hangouts. Then there’s the patron stuff, which nonetheless consists of the patron model of Hangouts because the above talked about shutdown pertains solely to the G Suite model. (Sure, actually.)

That shopper listing additionally consists of an RCS-based Android chat app simply known as Chat and the patron video chat app Duo. It used to incorporate the Gmail various e-mail shopper Inbox and the cell chat app Allo, however these two have been unceremoniously killed.

Then there’s Android Messages, Google’s customized SMS app that’s speculated to be outdated by the RCS-based Chat, and the defunct Gchat, which received changed by Hangouts just a few years again. Oh yeah, and Google Voice nonetheless exists, though Google has mentioned previously that it needs to combine lots of Voice’s options into Hangouts Meet. So Voice could in the future go away as effectively.

As for why Google is planning yet one more app, The Info reviews that it might be a manner for Google to win over enterprise clients who’ve moved all their communication, chat and in any other case, into central collaboration hubs like Microsoft Groups and Slack. Each of these merchandise present quite a lot of voice and video-based calling options and likewise combine with numerous different productiveness apps and office instruments like Dropbox and Salesforce. Google doesn’t but have one thing related as a part of G Suite.

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