Spaces is Google’s new teamwork and collaboration app for Android, iOS and the web, it’s available to anyone who has a Google account.
The so-called Google Spaces, combines search, YouTube, and Chrome into one new sharing app, that allows users to create – you guessed it – spaces as little pockets in which things can happen. Presumably building on the work already done by Google Wave, Spaces could be created based on the topic that will be discussed within it, or else as mini areas of an overall project so as it keep everything as free from distractions and outside noises as possible. Soundproof?
Similar to GBoard for iOS launched last week, Google is hoping to lesson the amount of time needed to jump between apps by streamlining multiple features into one application. Spaces, which users will be invited to via email, SMS, instant message or just about any other communication alternative, will support all kinds of weird and wonderful media that could well see the app find a few users that Google hasn’t yet anticipated. Not all of them are likely to be piquant, either.
To start off, users can create a Space within the app centering around any article or video they like to, and invite friends and family to the Space through texts, email, or connected social network. From there, they can start discussing the topic in question, or even go through old conversations with a search function that can pull up image results as well as hits related to text.
“Group sharing isn’t easy. From book clubs to house hunts to weekend trips and more, getting friends into the same app can be challenging. Sharing things typically involves hopping between apps to copy and paste links. Group conversations often don’t stay on topic, and things get lost in endless threads that you can’t easily get back to when you need them.
We wanted to build a better group sharing experience, so we made a new app called Spaces that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic.” – Luke Wroblewski, Product Director, Google.
Google may test out Spaces at its annual Google I/O 2016 conference starting this week, suggested to developers attending the keynote that they may want to download the Spaces app sooner rather than later as it will be used throughout the event. A new Space will be created for each new session, for example.
Spaces is free to anyone with a Google account, which, means just about everyone. The Spaces apps can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play Store, and the web-based solution is at spaces.google.com. Started rolling out Spaces for iOS, Android mobiles and desktop should be able to check out the new app soon.
Could it be yet another collaboration tool that does nothing for anyone. Let’s find out!
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