If you’re wondering what Google Chat is, it’s the company’s response to platforms such as Telegram and WhatsApp. It’s a web-based messaging platform that can be accessed via app or website. It replaced Google Hangouts and Google Allo from earlier in the year. You can use Google Chat if you have a Google account.
Right now, the app has a toolbar at the bottom that includes your Chat tab and your Spaces tab. The new chat button is an elongated rounded rectangle that sits above it. Above that is your conversation feed, with a search bar above it.