Google Chat 4+

Efficient Team Communication

Google

    • Free

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Description

Google Chat is an intelligent and secure communication and collaboration tool, built for teams. From ad-hoc messaging to topic-based workstream collaboration, Chat makes it easy to get work done where the conversation is happening.

• Group collaboration that allows Google Workspace content creation and sharing (Docs, Sheets, Slides), without having to worry about granting permissions
• Side by side editors, one click meetings, scheduling, document creation, and shared files, tasks, and events make it easy to get work done
• Google search functionality, with options to filter for conversations and content that you’ve shared
• Ready for Enterprise, with the full benefits of Google Workspace security and access controls including Data Loss Prevention, Compliance, Admin Settings, Vault Retention, Holds, Search, and Export

What’s New

Version 1.0.262

Bug fixes and performance improvements.

Ratings and Reviews

4.6 out of 5
250.6K Ratings

250.6K Ratings

~Fidget~ ,

New format update was upsetting, otherwise works perfectly

The new format is off-putting and unnecessarily dark. In an attempt to be modern, the app has been downgraded. It doesn't look terrible, but compared to the previous format it is far inferior. Said previous format was much more simplistic (though not oversimplified) and clean, it was essentially perfect. The new format, although still clean and simple, is not perfect. The "read" symbol just floats awkwardly at the side of a text, and as mentioned previously it's very dark. Most of my friend group uses google chat to communicate, and upon the update taking place we've all been quite unhappy with it. Of course, it's still the best way to communicate for us (we all possess different phone brands so for the two Apple users out of our large friend group, it's much more efficient to talk to the rest of the group and for them to talk to us. In short, although the function of the app is amazing, the modernization of it has ruined its aesthetic;It looks more like the default messages app or whatsapp and fails to stand out as a result. I suggest adding a setting to switch between formats perhaps, as I know not everyone is unhappy with it, but for those who are it's quite important. Thank you for reading this.

Developer Response ,

Hi there. Thank you for taking the time to provide feedback. We're sorry to hear that. We'll pass this along to the team so they can review and make the Chat app even better. Thank you!

Pineapplesunnyslay ,

Great! But could have some improvements

I’ve been using this app for communicating with my friends for over a year now, but I have to say, can you please make the mobile version similar to the desktop version? I am in multiple spaces and direct messages, and it’s really annoying when I have to press 2 buttons and sometimes it doesn’t even load for like one minute. I have a very large friend group (one of my spaces has 16 people in it), and it just takes a long time to load, and I miss out on events that my friends host. I have a pc where I can go on chat too, but I don’t have much time to do so (I share a pc) the main problem for me is the accessibility, as stated above. For me, it’s just that the pc/desktop version is just much easier to use, since you don’t have to click on a different tab to see your messages. Don’t get me wrong, I love Google chat, but it’s just those little things that make it annoying to use. (Am I the only person experiencing lag?)

Hams1980 ,

Disappointing after Hangouts

Google Chat added the ability to have rooms where specific topic threads can be created. That’s really nice and a feature we were hoping for coming from Hangouts. Unfortunately, that’s about where the improvements end. Google Chat is at its best on the mobile app, but if you’re using it regularly, across mobile and in the desktop chrome extension, you’ll quickly see the questionable choices made by the developers. I used Hangouts and now use Chat in a professional environment, for more casual short form comms, and it’s clear after 6 weeks of heavy use that Chat wasn’t designed for anything more than light usage. It’s completely unwieldy with more than 20 active conversations. The alphabetical sorting of conversations means hunting down the person you were just talking to. The conversations are spaced relatively far apart and take up way too much screen real estate. The color scheme is blindingly bright. Et cetera.

If you’re only using the phone app and only for chatting with a limited number of friends socially, which is clearly the use case they have decided to laser focus on, you’ll be fine with it. If you’re on the mobile app only, ok. If you’re hoping to do more with it, you should look elsewhere for a more thoughtfully designed, and scalable, communication method.

App Privacy

The developer, Google, indicated that the app’s privacy practices may include handling of data as described below. For more information, see the developer’s privacy policy.

Data Linked to You

The following data may be collected and linked to your identity:

  • Location
  • Contact Info
  • Contacts
  • User Content
  • Search History
  • Identifiers
  • Usage Data
  • Diagnostics
  • Other Data

Privacy practices may vary, for example, based on the features you use or your age. Learn More

Supports

  • Siri

    Get things done within this app using just your voice.

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