TNW Chinese station May 22nd Report
You may have noticed that Google has been unusually busy lately. In addition to the I/O developer conference announced a large number of news, it is still in a week to launch 3 communication applications: Spaces, Allo and Duo. And in fact, the company already has Hangouts and Messenger before the two chat applications.
The status quo has been very clear: Google does not need 5 to chat applications.
If you put the latest YouTube chat feature is also considered to be one of the words, Google actually has 6 chat applications. Instant messaging market is already very crowded, and Google has a number of applications at least some of the overlapping features.
Too many products
Don't get me wrong, I actually like Duo and Allo, these two products have a lot of original practical function. But they should be introduced in the form of the same application, and even should be directly replaced by Hangouts.
Spaces is a bit special, but I also think that its group chat feature should be integrated into a quality instant messaging application in order to stand out in a crowded market. But Google said that the company's applications will coexist in the foreseeable future. Too bad!
But after all, it's Google. The company has long insisted on exploring and improving the model because they have enough power and money to support so many ideas.
This is a source of creative Google, but it is also very easy to feel tired. Frequently used chat applications in my daily life including Messenger Google, Messenger WhatsApp, Facebook, Snapchat, Skype, Wire, Telegram and Hangouts. This does not include the application that I have to test regularly for work. Admittedly, this is a unique problem for the first world, but I still think that a certain degree of integration will be better. After all, apple through a iMessage application also provides instant messaging and messaging capabilities, and the effect is good.
Outsiders thought Hangouts would become Google's integrated communications client, but Google seems to have paid no attention to it, and even let people use Messenger to send text messages. Compared with other clients, hangouts and not how many unique features, and Google also did not in function and rival rivalry. Even though the launch has been 3 years, but we still can not send video clips through the Android phone.
In the increasingly crowded chat market, Google needs to focus on product mix, but can not blindly expand. I think it should be canceled Hangouts project, and it is the best function of transplanted to Allo. As long as Google continues to spread energy in this regard, it will never be able to fully play its due potential of the new launch of the chat application.