Google Spaces is a miniature social network for group sharing

Google Spaces is a miniature social network for group sharing
Google Spaces is a miniature social network for group sharing

Google's latest smartphone app, Spaces, is miniature social network designed for group sharing. Available for iOS, Android, and on the web, Spaces is essentially a messaging app with tightknit Chrome, YouTube, and Google Search integration. On mobile, spaces users can share content from any of these sources without leaving the app. Each shared item attracts its own comment thread.

Users are able to create multiple Spaces, each with a different set of participants. Participants do however require a Google account.

Product Director Luke Wroblewski says Spaces was designed to address the challenges when it comes to sharing digital content with other people.

"Group sharing isn’t easy," said Wroblewski. "From book clubs to house hunts to weekend trips and more, getting friends into the same app can be challenging. Sharing things typically involves hopping between apps to copy and paste links. 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."

Spaces is available for iOS via the App Store, and for Android via Google Play.

Spaces is just the first of many Google announcements we can expect to see this week; the company’s annual developer conference – I/O 2016 – is kicking off shortly. News around a Google-made virtual reality headset, Android N, and new Nexus devices is all said to be on the cards.

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