Google Chat Gets Major Makeover for Android and iOS

Google Chats announced a major revamp is going to roll out on Android and iOS devices, which is going to better complement its new icon. With the introduction of a new visual layout and navigation system, the latest update brings a new bottom navigation bar with four distinctive sections and tabs.

Meanwhile, in the earlier version, there were only two tab sections, including Chats and Spaces, respectively, within its mobile version. With correspondence to the newest update, the four tabs include a Home tab, Direct messages, Spaces, and Mentions.

To begin with, the first tab is the Home tab, which helps users get a much better and more unified view of their conversations, along with a new filter that helps to access all unread messages. Next is the Direct Messages tab, which allows users to view their 1:1 as well as group messages by also including their pinned conversations.

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Coming to the third tab, Spaces, which helps users see a streamlined list of their spaces with all their pinned conversations, Apart from this, there’s a last Mentions tab that allows users to conveniently find their messages as well as conversations where they have been mentioned.

By sharing how exactly the recent update will look within the integrated Gmail mobile app, Google states that now there will only be a single Chat tab among the email and Google Meet, rather than two tabs, Chats and Spaces, in the bottom bar.

While the above-mentioned four new tabs will now appear in a floating pill-shaped container placed just above the bottom bar, with a new FAB, or floating action button, moved towards the right side, Whereas in the bottom bar, you will now see an unread badge for every tab, along with a unified count for each.

However, Google is yet to clear the exact design for the standalone Google Chat app and whether it will adopt the same structural revamp to the Gmail integration or whether it will retain just a conventional bottom bar as well as FAB.

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Additionally, this revamp of Google Chat comes soon after the platform released the Chat Bubbles feature, and it will gradually roll out the major revamp on Android and iOS users in the coming weeks, available for all the Google Workspace customers and the users having their personal Google Accounts.

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