Google Launches Spaces App
Ahead of Google I/O, the company has launched a new 'social' app called Spaces. Spaces is more-or-less a hybrid of Google+ Communities and Collections and the Gboard iOS Keyboard. Users can create topical 'Spaces' and invite people to join them via Email, Social Media, or a Shareable Link to Join. It is intended as a solution for 'small group sharing', i.e. something halfway between group messaging and an ad hoc social media community.
Its 'killer feature', if it can as yet be said to have one, is that it the mobile app has Google, YouTube Search, and the Chrome browser built right-in, allowing users to find a web page, video, etc... and share it to the Space without leaving the app as well as view web pages shared by other members of the Space. At present, only the mobile app versions of Spaces appear to have the built-in web and video Search features, while the browser-based version currently lacks them, though this seems likely to be a temporary situation.
It can also upload images from your +Google Photos
account from inside the mobile or web app, giving you one less reason to ever leave it. And, of course, users can also Search for anything shared in their Spaces as well, even images (courtesy of Google's advanced image recognition software).
The company will be demonstrating the new service in-action at their I/O Developer Conference, at which time it should be more apparent how they see this service being utilized by their users.#SocialMedia #GoogleIO2016 #GoogleSpaces