Google is shuttering the experimental chat app that organized small group sharing around specific topics. It never had much traction though and with such low usage, in Spaces, no one could hear you scream. That and more in today’s news.
- Google Spaces was sort of a messaging app crossed with a collaboration tool that launched last year and emphasized group conversations around specific topics. Spaces will switch to read-only mode starting April 17th, in the grand Google tradition of somewhat quixotic apps that launch to befuddled reactions and are put down a year later. [John Kilcine via The Verge]
- In other Google chat app news, Google Allo will soon have a desktop app. Allo is a chat app-which is not Hangouts-that has the advantage of a powerful assistant and other features like emoji and stickers. It launched on mobile last year, and Nick Fox, a VP of Communications at Google, tweeted a screenshot of what appears to be a desktop Chrome app:
- But wait, there’s more Google news. Their default SMS messaging app is now called Android Messages instead of Messenger. [Android Police]
- Kotaku has had their hands on the Nintendo Switch for about a week now. Here are editor-in-chief Stephen Totilo’s first impressions of the hardware (slick, but the software is not yet fully baked). And here are his impressions of the new Zelda game. They’ll have a full review next week. Personally I’m already sold; it may be the first Nintendo hardware I’ve bought since the GameCube. [Kotaku]
- An iPhone 7 exploded. Apple is looking into it, and also replaced the volatile device which belonged to an Arizona teen. [Gizmodo]