Few months ago, Google confirmed that the wait transition from classic Hangouts to the new Google Chat It would take place in the first half of this year 2021, and it seems that this migration has already started to take place.
As disclosed earlier this month, Google Chat was preparing to launch a beta version for consumers, an overview
Google Chat “Consumer Beta”
Several users indicated that they could already use Google Chat Through their user account, the messaging app displays the contacts, conversations, and groups they had in Hangouts.
A welcome window informs users that Google Chat is introducing a ** new experience and features that weren’t available in Hangouts **, also indicating that this is a preview, which could have errors.
My Google Chat now shows this “Preview” message from Hangouts.
It looks like all of my individual contacts are working and can be accessed through the search bar.
The only feature missing now is group chat. pic.twitter.com/Vf8mLahrbE
– Ron Amadeo (@RonAmadeo) February 24, 2021
So far, Google Chat is only available for accounts Google Workspace (formerly G Suite). Consumer accounts can only use Google Chat if they receive an invitation to join a conversation already created by a Workspace account.
At the moment, it appears that the launch of Google Chat Beta he was very limited. It has been enabled in very few accounts, so we’ll have to wait and see if, in the next few weeks, Google starts enabling this preview for any user who wants to try before the official launch at successor to Hangouts. The final version should be ready by June at the latest.
Via | 9to5Google