Chromebooks could soon come with Google Chat and Google Meet preinstalled

It looks as though Google is about to extend the list of apps that come preinstalled on Chrome OS devices out of the box, and Google Chat and Google Meet appear to be at the front of the queue when it comes to new additions.

The folks at 9to5Google have spotted a new mention of both apps in the Chromium OS code that Chrome OS is based on – a bug filed under the title “Pre-install Meet and Chat PWAs on Chrome OS” hints that these PWAs (Progressive Web Apps) will soon be available right away when you start up Chrome OS for the first time on a new device, or reset your Chromebook or Chromebox.

There are two new flags in the code as well: Default Chat web app, which “enables the Chat web app to be installed by default”, and Default Meet web app, which does exactly the same for the Meet web app.

It’s little surprise that Google is moving to make these apps part of the default Chrome OS furniture – they’re becoming increasingly important parts of the Google app ecosystem for both business users and consumers.