Google has today announced Spaces, a new tool for sharing content to groups of people that you have made. You can create new groups for anything from friends to a study group to just a group of people who love comic books just as much as you do. Unlike most messaging apps however, Spaces connects directly to Chrome, YouTube, and other services to make everything just a tap away. You can also save content within Spaces that isn’t shared with anyone.
The app will be rolling out to Android, iOS, the desktop (presumably Windows and Mac) and the web for all Gmail accounts starting today. Google will also be further showing off the apps capabilities later this week at Google I/O 2016.
Group sharing isn’t easy. 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. We wanted to build a better group sharing experience, so we made a new app called Spaces that lets people get people together instantly to share around any topic. With Spaces, it’s simple to find and share articles, videos and images without leaving the app, since Google Search, YouTube, and Chrome come built in.