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It seems that Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite on dust. After years of indications that such a move may be imminent, Google may eventually turn off its Hangouts platform for consumers.
Referring to a source “familiar with the product’s internal roadmap”, 9to5Google reported Friday that the end of the Hangouts for Consumers will arrive “sometime by 2020.” The site noted Google’s message last year about a transition to a corporate focus with G Suite Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as an early sign that such a decision was coming. But there were also other warning signs, according to 9to5Google:
In view of Google’s app submission regarding development and its assumed death, many have already transitioned from using it. But Hangouts is still the premier chat option in Gmail on the web, and the app is left in the Google Play store for this day. Many recent reviews say that the app shows signs of age and notes bugs and performance.
Google has pointed out for many years now that it planned to place Hangouts as a competitor for chat programs in the workplace like Slack. As 9to5Google noted, there has been no development for the app for some time, and Google removed Hangouts SMS support last May.
As Verge noted, the transfer was sensible given the significant number of chat programs under the Google umbrella, including Google Duo, Android Messages, and Google Allo. There is also Chat, its RCS product that is expected to start with Verizon in 201
Given that Hangout’s reputation is still more than a year, all devotees on the platform have plenty of time to make peace with their reported downfall.
A Google spokesman did not immediately return Gizmodo’s request for comment on the report, but we will update this post if we will be back.