Google I / O 2016 is just around the corner and Google seems to be in a hurry to launch its new applications. Last week, the company launched its new innovative keyboard application called GBoard for the iPhone (there is an Android alternative that you can use) and this week, the company went ahead and launched its new messenger application called "Spaces." As described by Google, the application is more a "tool for sharing small groups", but for us, it seems a mix between Google+ and Pinterest. Having said that, it seems pretty good, so We are going to go into the details of what exactly Spaces brings, okay?
What is Google Spaces?
Like the GBoard keyboard application, which allows you to share links, images, GIFs, etc. directly from your keyboard, The Google Spaces application allows you to share a link, video, image or note with a group of people without leaving the application . When you are having a group chat in messenger applications like WhatsApp and you want to share a video or a link to a great article, you must switch between different applications to do so. Well, Google Spaces plans to facilitate group discussions for you. Whether planning a trip or just a general discussion, Spaces should make things much easier.
The search services of Google, YouTube and the Chrome browser engine are all integrated into the Spaces application, to ensure that you do not need to leave the application to share images, videos, articles, etc. In addition, it has an excellent conversation view, which allows you to watch conversations while watching videos. So, Now that you know what Google Spaces offers, here’s how to use it:
How to use Google Spaces?
Google Spaces is available as an application for Android, iOS, web and Chrome. Then, install the application on your respective devices or simply go to spaces.google.com to get started. Once you have installed the application, You can use one of your Gmail accounts to log in to the application, invite people and start a discussion. So, without further ado, here is how to use it:
1. Create a space and invite people.
First, you must create a space to start a group discussion. To do so, just tap on " Create a space " And you will create your new space. Then, you can change the name of the space and invite people from the " Invite goes … "You can simply touch the button to send a link of your Space through any of the messenger, email, Facebook, Twitter, etc. applications or you can simply copy the link and paste it anywhere. Anyone who has the link to your space can see it . Once the recipient opens the link in Spaces, he / she will have the option to join him.
2. Share things without leaving the application.
Once you have created a space and added people to it, you can start sharing things from the application with ease. You can enter a space and press the " Spaces "(which looks a lot like the Telegram cone) in the center of the bottom bar and see Four tabs to share links, YouTube videos, images of your galley and a text note. .
In the links tab, you can directly enter a link or search on Google and then share a link by touching the " Add to space "below. He also remembers the links he has shared in the past, so he can share them again with different groups without the hassle of re-searching on Google.
The YouTube tab allows you to share videos in a space by searching on YouTube and also shows you the videos you've seen recently, so you can also easily share them. You just need to open a YouTube video and press the " Add to space ".
The third tab, which is Images, allows you to share images from the Galley of your device, while the fourth tab allows you to share notes or write a publication.
Basically, after installing Spaces, there will be no need to switch between Chrome or YouTube to share a link or video, since the two Google services are quite well integrated into the application.
3. Have a discussion and review the activity.
Once you have started sharing links to a space, you can make use of the conversation view in the application. For example, when you share a note or video, you can have the note pinned to the top or the video running at the top (Android only), while reading the various comments in the space. Also you can share links, images, videos and even stickers within several publications in a space .
In addition, if you feel that you have missed an important point in the previous discussion, you can simply do a search in space for a link, image or video .
If you have created many spaces in the application, it can be quite difficult to keep up with all the discussions. Fortunately, Spaces presents a " Exercise ", which shows all events in various spaces.
4. Customize the space experience.
While the discussions are good, some of them can become an unpleasant experience and that is why you need to personalize the Spaces experience. To do it, enter a space and press the three dot button, where you get options to review the people who are part of the space, edit the name of the space, customize the space, silence the space and eliminate the space.
If you are the owner of the space and want to remove someone from it, you can go to " People in this space "and press the three-dot button next to its name and select" Delete user "or" Block and delete user. "The option" Customize space "allows you to add an image to the header of the space along with a color accent to accompany it. It is important to note that these features are only available to owners of a space. However, non-owners have the option to leave or mute a space.
5. Use the Chrome Spaces extension.
The Google Spaces experience is practically identical on Android, iPhone and Web, except for some small differences, such as the lack of YouTube integration on the Web. However, if you are using Google Chrome on your PC or Mac, you do not even need to keep Spaces open for your sharing needs. Instead, you can only install the Spaces Chrome extension, which allows you to create new spaces and share links on the fly.
For example, you are reading an article on the web and want to share it with people in a space, you can simply click on the extension of spaces, enter a space and click on the submit button. Pretty easy, right?
Our experience with Google Spaces.
People are already facing Spaces as a competitor of Slack, since both applications are oriented towards collaboration, but I think it is too early to say that, considering that Spaces is more consumer-centric, Slack is aimed at business users. That said, Google's integration of its most used services such as Search, YouTube and Chrome in Spaces certainly compensates for a great collaboration experience. In our use, we consider that the application is quite useful for group sharing and we can even seriously think of it as a messenger application, if Google adds the chat functionality one by one.
However, not everything is fine with Google Spaces, since people who use a Google Apps account cannot log in to the application. In addition, the application's user interface may be a bit confusing at first, but once you start using it more, you should understand it. In general, we believe that the application is a good first Google launch and we hope that the company will take it seriously, instead of taking it as an experimental application.
Ready to start some great discussions with Spaces?
User interface issues aside, Google Spaces is an excellent group sharing tool that needs to be reviewed. If you love discussing various topics with your friends on WhatsApp or in Facebook groups, you will certainly appreciate the integrated capabilities of Spaces. Then, install the application on your device and start sharing or discussing. Also, don't forget to let us know how you like the Spaces application. Turn off the sound in the comments section below.