Google is gearing up to replace its Hangouts service in favour of Google chat, with the former being shunted aside later this year. To make the application better, the company has already begun rolling it out to certain users, offering modern features to its chats app.
With this, it seems that Google is now adding the ability to suggest a conversation based on the user’s calendar events. Recently, the company added bundles in “Smart” features for its Gmail app, with one of these features being ‘Nudges’ capable of providing users a gentle reminder to follow up on their forgotten email chats.
Now, the company is now expanding to include a similar feature for Google Chat that is dependent on your calendar events to suggest starting a private chat, as per the company’s most recent Workspace blog post.
Once Google Chat notices a calendar event that has another person, it will instantly pop up a suggestion, asking the user to start a conversation with the other person who is part of the event.
These suggestions should appear ten minutes prior to and post the event, as a small entry at the top of the user’s Google Chat list, complete with a small mention of the name of the event in question.
This should be quite useful for employees that have one on one meetings scheduled with each other over the entirety of the day. This is because it is difficult to quickly lookup someone in your contacts, especially if you are about to attend the aforementioned event with the same person.
“We hope this feature makes it easier to share information and files before a meeting begins, let meeting attendees know you’re running late, or share quick follow-ups once a meeting has concluded,” stated the company in its blog post.