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Source: Google Hangouts will be closed by 2020

According to a source familiar with the product's internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for Consumers will close sometime by 2020. It's…

According to a source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for Consumers will close sometime by 2020. It’s not surprising at all because Google discontinued the app’s development more than a year ago. But just knowing you’re in 2019, this is really your last year to continue using the beloved (?) Legacy Chat app.

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In spring, Google announced its Hangouts brand pivot for corporate usage issues with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, so the writing has been on the wall for quite some time on the Hangouts consumer program. Meanwhile, Google has transitioned its consumer message efforts to RCS & # 39; Chat & # 39; and Android Messages after Allos misadventures.

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.

As mentioned, Hangouts as a trademark will continue with G Suite Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, previously intended to be a layer communication app comparable to Slack, and the latter a video meeting platform. Meanwhile, Google Voice calls, which were independent and long ago integrated into Hangouts, moved back to their own redesigned app earlier this year.

Interestingly, despite coming up, Hangouts was one of a few apps to get early support for Android Auto’s new MMS and RCS functionality, along with Android Messages and WhatsApp.

Update 12/1 : Google’s Scott Johnston has chimated and denied that any decisions about the timeline for the old Hangouts shutdown have been made. Confusing, however, he says that users of the consumer Hangouts users will in some way be “upgraded” to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, both business-oriented products that meet different needs.

Scott also confirms for the first time that Hangouts Classic, the subject of this report will be closed “in the end”.

Meanwhile, another source has confirmed my first report saying that decisions have really been taken for depreciation of older Hangouts.

Our Answer:

Update 12/2: A Google spokesman this afternoon issues an official statement again confirming how Chat and Meet will be made available to regular users. The company is “fully committed to supporting classic H angouts users “until a” successful “migration to the new services. No timeline for the transition was given today.

In March 2017, we announced plans to develop classic Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help gather teams: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Both Chat and Meet are available today for G Suite customers and will also be available to consumer users. We have not announced an official timeline to transfer users from classic Hangouts to chat and meeting. We’re fully committed to supporting classic Hangouts users until everyone has successfully migrated to Chat and Meet.

9to5Google’s Take

Hangouts have been a long time, so if your retirement is still over a year away, that’s surprising here. I dare guess that its actual usage number is still significant, because Google’s initiative to build a true message option, Allo, flopped unhappily. At the same time, the “Chat” RCS initiative like Google’s leadership is still not in the field.

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