At the Cloud Next, Google had announced several improvements designed for businesses, such as Gmail Add-ons and the Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Now, to make most of these features, ies, several updates to Hangouts, Gmail and Google+ are announced on Friday, making things much simpler for both enterprise admins and users.
Streamlining the messaging experience for Android: At Google Cloud Next, we announced that we’ve evolved Hangouts to focus on two new experiences that help bring teams together and keep work moving forward: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.
Starting with the removal of carrier SMS functionality begining on May 22 in the classic Hangouts app for Android. With this change, domain affected will receive an email notification with additional details in the coming days.
In the next few weeks, users will receive notification in classic Hangouts for making a switch to native Android SMS application, or to download Android Messages (if one isn’t available). Switching to new messaging app will retain all messages. Google Voice users can continue Hangouts for Google Voice SMS. As for Project Fi, those wish to use Hangouts for SMS can do so as well.
Google notes they’re also working with carriers and device manufacturers to include Android Messages natively in all Android devices and also working with partners to upgrade SMS to RCS.
Google Talk will be fully transitioning to Hangouts, as it offers advanced improvements such as group video calling, integration with other Google products, and further improvements in meetings and team collaboration are now available with Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat.
In the next few weeks, Talk users within Gmail will be invited to switch to Hangouts, and after June 26, an automatic transition to Hangouts will happen (unless contractual commitments apply).
For those prefer Talk look experience, can use the Dense Roster setting in Hangouts.
Third-party XMPP clients will continue to work with Hangouts for 1-on-1 chats. “XMPP federation with third-party services providers will no longer be supported starting June 26.”
With Gmail Add-ons, enterprises will soon gain modern integrations in Gmail, so by April 24, the following Gmail Labs will be retiring including: Authentication Icon, Google Voice Player, Picasa previews, Pictures in chat, Quick Links, Quote Selected Text, Smartlabels, and Yelp previews.
Retiring Google+ functionality in Gmail: As part of our continued effort to focus Google+ around shared interests,
Lastly, two legacy Google+ features in Gmail that include: the ability to email Google+ profiles and use of Google+ Circles will be retiring expected by April 24.