Despite being out of the roadmap, Google announced today that all instant messaging applications, including Message/Duo/Android, and Google Meet/Google Chat, will be merged and given the unified command of Javier Soltero. Of course, the development of services is still relatively independent, and in a short period of time will not change much.
According to the original report, Javier Soltero will head the combined IM team, which will join Google in October 2019 and lead the G Suite business.
He worked as a start-up for the Compli e-mail app acquired by Microsoft (now a mobile version of Outlook) and took over Cortana’s business before leaving Microsoft.
Javier Soltero will remain in the cloud services division while joining a team led by Hiroshi Lockheimer, Senior Vice President of Platforms and Ecosystems, google representatives said in a statement.
For Google IM users, we can expect a more relaxed and consistent experience, even if the apps don’t come together in the future.