Do Google’s Array of Instant Messaging Apps Serve Any Purpose? [Poll]


Anyone who delves into technology knows that Google has their footprint all over. They’re the typical “Jack of all trades,” though they are not a master of none. They are at least a master of some (say search engine), but are they a master of instant messaging?

Previously Google had two instant messaging apps: Hangout and Google+ Messenger. Now they’ve added on three more: Space, Allo, and Duo. Do Google’s array of instant messaging apps serve any purpose?

To decide this we need to examine all five apps.

  • Google Hangouts is for messaging friends, sending video or voice calls, and even participating in group calls.
  • Google+ is more for connecting with people who share the same interests as you and for organizing content.
  • Google Spaces allows you to create different spaces for different groups of people so that your conversations are more topic-centered.
  • Google Allo connects you to people via your phone number. It uses different sizes of type to allow you to shout or talk softly.
  • Google Duo allows you to make one-on-one video calls.

But the question remains, are all of these apps needed or was Google instant messaging just fine with Hangouts and Google+? Were all the bases not covered with just the original two apps? Are all the bases covered now?

Do Google’s array of instant messaging apps serve any purpose?

Image Credit: Google

Laura Tucker
Laura Tucker

Laura has spent nearly 20 years writing news, reviews, and op-eds, with more than 10 of those years as an editor as well. She has exclusively used Apple products for the past three decades. In addition to writing and editing at MTE, she also runs the site's sponsored review program.

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