Wednesday, 19 December, 2018

Google Hangouts to be shutdown in 2020

Google Hangouts on iPhone Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020
Lori Graves | 02 December, 2018, 08:28

The site noted Google's announcement past year of a shift to an enterprise focus with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as an early sign that such a decision was forthcoming.

Android Messages is now what the company would prefer consumers to use, but given Google's history of launching and closing chat tools (remember Allo?) users would be forgiven for wondering just how long this tool may last.

That included Google Talk, which was more focused on enterprise users, and Google+ Messenger, the service formerly known as Huddle. Google Voice, for instance, began independently, then was integrated into Hangouts, before being split off again. Hangouts Chat offers group-chat functionality similar to Slack, Hangouts Meet video conferencing. However, Hangouts still is a prominent chat option in Gmail on the web and the app also exists on the Google Play Store.

However the claims have not gone down well with the Hangouts team.

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Citing a source "familiar with the product's internal roadmap", 9to5Google reported Friday that the end of Hangouts for consumers will arrive "sometime in 2020".

Google has a history of shelving services that arent as popular as they once were.

Although the current focus for Hangouts Chat and Meet is undoubtedly business-focused, Johnston spoke vaguely of plans to make these more consumer-facing in future. "So while that will result in the eventual shut down of Hangouts classic (as we now call it)", he outlines, "it doesn't imply we are ending support for the use case supported by the product: messaging and meetings".

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