Skip to main content

Google Workspace goes all-in on hybrid work with Playspace acquisition

Google is snapping up the team behind the now-defunct Mailbox email client on iOS and Mac.

What you need to know

  • Google Workspace has agreed to acquire Playspace, a dedicated platform for virtual meetings and collaboration.
  • Playspace will be integrated into Workspace as a new experience.
  • It will switch off access to the service next week, and all customer data will be wiped out.

Google is acquiring Playspace, a collaborative platform for virtual meetings, brainstorming, and hangouts. Playspace has confirmed that it has signed a definitive agreement to join Google Workspace and the many tools it has to offer on the best laptops and Android phones.

In a statement provided to Android Central, a Google spokesperson confirmed the company's latest move:

We've entered into an agreement to acquire Playspace as part of Google Workspace. Playspace is led by a talented team that shares our vision for delivering solutions that support the hybrid future of work.

We'll keep you posted when we have more to share.

The startup said it launched preview access to a few teams in April in preparation for Playspace's global rollout. However, late last year, the rebranding of G Suite into Workspace opened a new opportunity for the firm to join Google.

Playspace explains in its blog post:

Along the way we learned about what Javier and the Workspace team are up to at Google.

It sounded more than a little exciting: here was a widely adopted platform, built atop one of the world's most advanced tech stacks, ready and eager to evolve to meet the needs of remote collaboration…

Javier invited us to be part of their journey in building solutions for the hybrid future of work — and the opportunity has us positively giddy.

Playspace is somewhat similar to Google Meet but with a focus on collaborative work. It features a left sidebar containing three sections, each showing your meetings for the day, contacts (People), and Rooms. The latter is where you'll see whiteboards, scratchpads, and music that lets all group members listen to the same song.

It also has a Magic Screenshare tool that lets your colleagues access your desktop "for collaborative editing and annotation." There's Slack integration as well, so you can quickly join rooms. Other features include recordings, live streaming, and the ability to create and join rooms directly from Google Calendar events.

Playspace said it would turn off access to the service on September 9 and wipe all data. Active users should expect to receive an email notification about exporting their data before that day. At the moment, it's not clear how Playspace will fit into Google's plans for Workspace apps like Google Meet.

The team behind the platform was responsible for the Mailbox email client on iOS and Mac.



Source: androidcentral

Popular posts from this blog

Google Pay on Wear OS expands again, is now available in 37 countries

More people will be able to use their Wear OS watch for payments. Update, Sept 8 (5:30 p.m. ET) : Google Pay support expands to more countries. What you need to know Google Pay is getting expanded support in more countries. 16 additional countries will support contactless payments on the Galaxy Watch 4. The expanded support will also come to older Wear OS smartwatches "in the coming weeks." With the launch of the Galaxy Watch 4 , Google has highlighted some of the new app experiences that will come with the new Wear OS 3 update. Google Pay is among the apps that are getting a redesign based on Material You, but Google also announced that it's expanding support for more countries. As it stands, Google Pay only supports a handful of countries for contactless payments on Wear OS. Google is now adding 16 additional countries to the list, which include the following: Belgium Brazil Chile Croatia Czech Republic Denmark Finland Hong Kong Ireland New Zeal

How to watch England vs India: Live stream Fourth Test cricket online

Having bounced back from defeat with an impressive win in the third Test at Headingley, Joe Root's men will be hoping they can now forge an advantage as the series moves to London - watch every ball of this fourth Test with our England vs India live stream guide below. England managed to dismiss India for just 78 on Day 1 in a scintillating bowling display, but there was even better to come from the hosts' top-order batting, with all of the top three managing to notch up half-centuries in their first innings. Skipper Root meanwhile continued his extraordinary 2021 form, clocking up yet another three-figure score. With a buoyant home side now hoping to carry on where they left off, India captain Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri must unravel how their attack was so routinely undone with the new ball last time out. Kohli himself will also need to do more leading from the front, with the normally reliably prolific batsman having scored no more than 55 during any inni

Don't let your phone die out there — these are the best battery packs!

Nothing can turn your great Android phone from state-of-the-art to overpriced paperweight faster than a dead battery. The best portable chargers and power banks can help recharge your tech when life plays keep-away with your power outlets. Portable chargers used to be big, bulky, and slow, but USB-C power banks and Power Delivery charging standards have made things much faster — fast enough to charge laptops, even — and have allowed power banks to get slimmer and better than ever. There are plenty of options in every shape or size, but our favorite is the versatile Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless. Still, there are plenty of other choices that rank among the best portable battery packs. Here are our top recommendations that you can buy today. Best overall: Anker PowerCore III 10K Wireless While most portable chargers only let you recharge your devices with wired charging, wireless portable chargers are finally becoming somewhat mainstream. There were several hurdles that earl

How to watch the Djokovic vs Medvedev: Live stream the US Open 2021 final o

History beckons for Novak Djokovic as the Serbian legend goes in search of two significant tennis records in this afternoon's grand finale at Flushing Meadows. Read on to find out how to get a 2021 US Open live stream and watch Novak Djokovic vs Daniil Medvedev online no matter where you are in the world. A win here for the 34-year old would see him overtake eternal rivals Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal for the most Grand Slam titles won, with all three veterans currently tied at 20 wins a piece. Victory in New York this afternoon would also see Djokovic complete the first male calendar slam in the Open Era. Aiming to make a piece of history of his own but stopping Djokovic is Russian star Daniil Medvedev who will be looking to finally claim his first slam title. The 25-year-old world no.2 has been in some of the best form of his career in the Big Apple having given up just a single set on his way to today's final. The match marks Medvedev's second major showdown