Google is well-known for having lots of communication apps, including various messaging and video calling services that been launched over the years. Lots of folks have wondered when Google might unify its various messaging apps, and while that's not happening quite yet, there is some bit of unification going on with the communication services at Google.
Google has confirmed that all of its messaging and communication apps will now be managed by a single person. That's Javier Soltero, who Google hired last year to be the vice president of G Suite, Google Meet, and Google Chat. He'll now head up Messages, Duo and the Phone app on Android too.
One important thing to note is that Google isn't unifying all of its messaging apps into one offering, at least not yet. Soltero explained to The Verge that Google belives that "people make choices around the products that they use for specific purposes."
Soltero does plan to bring more clarity to Google's various communication apps. He explains that his job is to "drive more innovation and more clarity around how these products can fulfill their specific missions."
He adds that his plan "continues to be to modernize [Hangouts] towards Google Meet and Google Chat."
Here's Google's official statement on putting Soltero in charge of all of its communication apps:
"We are bringing all of Google’s collective communication products together under one leader and unified team that will be led by Javier Soltero, VP and GM of G Suite. Javier will remain in Cloud, but will also join the leadership team under Hiroshi Lockheimer, SVP of Platforms and Ecosystems. Outside of this update, there are no other changes to the personnel and Hiroshi will continue to play a significant role in our ongoing partnership efforts."
Lots of folks have been hoping that Google would unify its messaging apps and services into a single offering, but it doesn't sound like that's going to happen any time soon. Still, it's good news that Google has at least put all of its communications products together under one leader. This way they're all under one vision and can have a more coherent development.