Google Is Shutting Down Spaces, Group App
This season Google has made multiple announcements and unveiled new projects, and amidst all of that, one of their products is getting the boot. Spaces, a messaging app launched over less than a year ago in May 2016 has been shown the door. As of March 3, the app will sport only a read only look and by April 17 it will stop occupying any space.
The move may come as a shock, but is not totally shocking. Google has been catching quite a bit of flak for continuously launching and then shutting down messaging services, and Space, a messaging app which was a watered down version of another messaging app Slack, is no different. The main aim of the messaging app was to enable groups to conduct conversations based on a particular topic. Unfortunately, it stared to operate and act less like a messaging app and more like a group forum platform.
The premise is really simple. You pick a topic, then invite your friends and co-workers to join in on the conversation. The unique selling point of the app was the way in which the app could search multiple platforms such as YouTube Videos, images and other search results and bring it into the conversation. However, the deviation from a messaging app to a group forum app was not needed. Also, Spaces is a relatively unknown app as compared to Slack, a group messaging app.
According to John Klicline, Google’s product manager, Spaces provided learnings which can be adopted to other services in the same space. In this case the Allo was where the learnings may have been applied, as the product uses Google Assistant to get information from different sites into the conversation.
Spaces was a foray into the social media space, but sadly didn’t make the cut. However, this is not Google’s first attempt to create a presence in the Social space – Google+ was its first steps in to social platform. Though Google+ is still around, it has undergone a major overhaul and is entirely different from when it was first launched.
Though there isn’t a dearth of messaging apps in the social media space, making a lasting impression is quite hard. Unfortunately for Spaces, it couldn’t last even year and was axed during Google’s spring cleaning. Google will have to make major strides in the social space to match up to the likes of Facebook and twitter.
Until then, Google Search at your service. However, it will be great to see what Google comes up with.
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by techtalks @TechTalks May 15, 2017 12:21 PM UTC