Devices running on Google’s Chrome OS may soon come pre-installed with Google Chat and Google Meet. The tech company has already begun the transition from Hangouts to Google Chat, enabling more users to access the app. Now, according to a report by 9to5Google, Google wants to make these apps more accessible to Chromebook owners. It cites a new bug that has been filed to “Pre-install Meet and Chat PWAs on Chrome OS.”
Android apps of both Google Chat and Google Meet are already available on the Play Store and can easily be downloaded. With the latest move, Google is said to opt to install the web apps onto Chrome OS to help prevent storage bloat.
The report says that work toward these default apps on ChromeOS devices has already started. Two new flags have been added to chrome://flags, it says. While one of them is for Chat, the other one is for Meet.
Though the apps will be installed by default on Chrome OS-powered devices, users will still be able to uninstall them if they do not need them. Most likely, version 92 of Chrome OS will come with these two apps. If things go as planned, devices launched with Chrome OS 92 and any Chromebook reset after the update are expected to have Google Chat and Google Meet by default.