Google Chat is getting a new look and these changes to notifications

Google has began rolling out a brand new person interface for its Chat app on the web and launched shortcuts on the facet panel for fast entry to Calendar, Maintain, Duties and Maps.

Google is alerting Chat customers to count on a barely totally different look to the app within the browser in coming days. It is not an enormous visible revamp, however the presence or availability button has moved from the left high to the best high facet of the display screen, close to the settings icon. Additionally, Google has added a panel on the best, like in Gmail and Docs, with shortcuts to Calendar, Maintain, Duties and Maps. 

The Search field has moved from the highest of the left panel to a central place on the high of the display screen. This field can be utilized to seek for content material throughout all rooms and direct messages. To go looking inside a room or a direct message, there is a search icon on the high proper coroner of the room or direct message. 

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Google has added a characteristic to toggle between a full display screen view and pop-up view for rooms and direct messages. This goals to higher assist multi-tasking between conversations. 

Moreover, there’s an integration with Google Meet to allow calling immediately from Chat. This comes as Google removes the ability to make call phones from Hangouts. Google additionally plans to start migrating Hangouts customers to Google Chat within the first half of 2021. 

The UI adjustments, which start rolling out March 24, will occur robotically for customers on and the Chat progressive internet app (PWA).  

This week Google additionally enabled extra choices for controlling the frequency of push notifications within the Chat app and Chat in Gmail on each desktop and cell.

Customers can select between “Notify all the time”, “Notify much less” and “Notifications off”. For “Notify much less”, Chat delivers notifications and badges for direct mentions, @all mentions, and adopted threads. There’s additionally an choice to be notified about new threads in threaded rooms. With notifications off, customers will nonetheless see a badge for once they’re immediately talked about in a chat. 

“These further notification settings offer you extra management over the quantity of notifications you may obtain primarily based in your degree of engagement or involvement in particular conversations,” Google explains. 

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The choices are designed to assist customers keep abreast of conversations they should learn about, whereas additionally avoiding notification fatigue. 

The brand new person interface and the notification controls can be found to Google Workspace clients, in addition to G Suite Fundamental and Enterprise clients.