Distant staff, meeters, streamers, and hangers-out, take observe: Google’s Hangouts Meet is not known as Hangouts Meet; it’s now known as Google Meet.
The rebrand was made obvious yesterday in a Google Cloud blog post written by two of Google’s administrators of product administration, Karthik Lakshminarayanan and Smita Hashim. The weblog submit lists quite a few privateness measures that Google Meet employs to maintain distant conferences from being hijacked, and likewise refers back to the service as Google Meet. Android Police discovered that quite a few help pages had been up to date with the brand new title as nicely.
In an electronic mail to The Verge, Google confirmed that it has formally modified the service’s title. Google additionally confirmed that Meet is an unbiased a part of G Suite, the portfolio of enterprise companies that additionally contains manufacturers similar to Gmail, Docs, Sheets, and Drive. Hangouts Chat, the text-messaging arm of the Hangouts model, can be a part of the suite.
The rebrand nonetheless seems to be a piece in progress. As of this writing, the service remains to be known as Hangouts Meet by Google within the iOS App Retailer, and its G Suite landing web page additionally retains the previous title. And whereas G Suite’s website lists “Meet” as an included service on the high of the web page, “Hangouts Meet” remains to be referenced in a listing decrease down.
The rebrand comes at a time when Google Meet has seen explosive progress because the COVID-19 pandemic forces workplaces to maneuver their conferences on-line. Google Meet’s utilization is at the moment 25 occasions what it was in January, Google revealed late last month, and the service is gaining greater than 2 million new customers a day.