Google Chat’s enhanced version has been seamlessly rolled out on Android devices, accompanied by a striking new icon. Users have reported the update’s widespread availability after closing both the standalone Chat app and Gmail.
The revamped Google Chat app introduces a fresh homescreen with a pill-shaped container, replacing the former two-tab bottom bar and “New” FAB. This container now features Home, Spaces, Direct messages, and Mentions, providing a more intuitive navigation experience.
A circular indicator highlights the active tab, with labels for each icon displayed at the top beneath the search bar. Additionally, a slightly smaller rounded square FAB is now centered with other elements to enhance user interaction.
Gmail Integration and Availability
Initially debuting on iOS and web platforms, the redesigned Google Chat has now made its way to Android devices. In Gmail, the floating pill appears above the existing bottom bar, which has been streamlined to three tabs.
Users need to manually enable the “Chat” tab from Gmail Settings > their email address > General, as Google has not universally launched the integrated Google Chat facility. The update is being gradually rolled out on an account-by-account basis through a server-side update.
Google Meet’s UI Revamp
In related news, Google Meet is elevating the video call experience with a UI revamp and new personalization features. Divided into three parts – Backgrounds, Filters, and Appearance – the fresh appearance simplifies access to effects. Users can now seamlessly mix and match filters and backgrounds, while a convenient “layer” icon aids in tracking and removing effects effortlessly. This update adds a touch of fun and simplicity to Google Meet’s video call features.