Google is today lifting the lid on a brand-new app for Android, iOS, and the web called Spaces, which the Internet giant calls a “tool for group sharing.”
“Sharing things typically involves hopping between apps to copy and paste links,” Luke Wroblewski, the product director for Spaces, wrote in a blog post. “Group conversations often don’t stay on topic, and things get lost in endless threads that you can’t easily get back to when you need them.”
Inside a space, users are able to share all manner of media. That includes articles, videos, comments, images, and more. Inside a space, users are able to search for key words and find items posted inside the space in the past. Each bit of media posted with Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome, will be able to be viewed without leaving the app – each app is “built in.”
The app has been in private beta for a few months already, but today it’s shedding those beta tags and will start rolling out on Android, iOS, the desktop, and the mobile Web for Gmail accounts.
Spaces is kind of like a social network crossed with a messaging app, and it could be Google’s attempt to gain traction in a space that has become dominated by the omnipresence of Facebook, which lays claim to billions of users across Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram, and — of course — Facebook, itself.