Google Built a Messaging Service into YouTube


By now, many have realized just how many messaging services Google has. In case you don’t already know, here’s a list.

  • Hangouts
  • Allo
  • Duo
  • Messenger
  • Spaces
  • Google Voice

That’s a lot for one company, but it now looks like you can add YouTube to the ever-growing list as a new video sharing platform has launched in Canada in order to allow users to easily share content found on the service.

Over on Google’s Canadian blog, they’ve announced the addition of a messaging service built directly into the YouTube app. This allows verified contacts to receive embedded links to YouTube videos from within a chatting interface. Google says before, users had to copy and paste links into chats, but it seems they’ve apparently forgotten about Android’s built-in sharing UI that makes that process obsolete. Ironically, the UI can be found in a new “Shared” tab.

Nevertheless, we’ve now got yet another messaging service from our good friends at Google. Currently, only Canadians have access to the feature, but if one of your buddies in Canada sends you an invite to become a “contact” within the service no matter where you are in the world, chances are you’ll have access to the feature as well.

As of now, there’s no word on when the sharing platform in YouTube will open to those in the States or other parts of the world, but stay tuned.

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