Google decided to terminate the group messaging app called Spaces. But what went wrong?
Less than a year ago Google presented a new app. Spaces is a group messaging app where users can create a space with your family and friends and start sharing images, videos, texts, etc. You can also add content through Chrome, Google search or YouTube. Now, if you never heard of this app before don’t feel bad. You are not the only one. But, if you want to give it a try now, you have to reconsider because the company decided to discontinue the app.
Spaces will go on a read-only mode on March 3rd and it will be permanently unavailable on April 17th. Google revealed Spaces at the company’s I/O in 2016. But at the same event Allo was introduced and possibly “stole” the thunder from Spaces. So the app was pretty much left behind.
Now, if you are using Spaces this is the shutdown plan: The application will notify you as soon as you open it. Then you will find a link to a support page where you can locate all the details. Now, if you want to finish your conversations you have some time but not much. If you want to save your interactions you can do it until April 17th.
According to a post on Google+:
“As we focus our efforts, we’ve decided to take what we learned with Spaces, and apply it to our existing products. Unfortunately, this means that we’ll be saying goodbye to supporting Spaces. We want to thank all of the Spaces users who tried out the app and shared their feedback. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.”
What the blog post says is what we already know. That Google has other messaging apps to focus on. And the latest example is with Google Messenger, which is now called Android Messages. Well it’s the same app but the name changing can lead to some big things for the future.
Maybe Google wants to Score some deals with smartphone manufactures and include Android Messages as the default message app. Just like iMessages for iOS. So companies like LG, Motorola, Sony, and HTC could have the app by default.
Also Allo messenger has a desktop version for your computer. According to reports this version will be a web app for Chrome.