Google Hangouts To Be Migrated To Hangouts Chat and Meet By 2020

Google Hangouts To Be Migrated To Hangouts Chat and Meet By 2020

According to latest report, the head of google hangouts responded to some allegations on twitter about hangouts shutting down, he called it “shaddy report”. While this doesn’t confirm the rumored 2020 time frame, it does endorse the report that Google does plan to shut Hangouts down eventually.

 

Hey @hallstephenj, I run Hangouts and this is pretty shoddy reporting. No decisions made about when Hangouts will be shut down. Hangouts users will be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Your source is severely misinformed. You can do better.

The year 2019 is your last year to use Google Hangouts if you haven’t moved on already

According to source familiar with the product’s internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down sometime in 2020

 

It’s been a long time coming, but Google might finally put an end to Hangouts in 2020. According to 9to5Google, citing sources familiar with Google’s roadmap, the legacy messaging app will shut down for consumers after next year. No specific time frame was mentioned.

This shouldn’t really come as a surprise — in March 2017, Google announced Hangouts would split into two enterprise-focused apps: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. Ever since that announcement, the company began winding down support for the consumer version of Hangouts. It removed SMS supportfrom the app in May 2017, urging users to instead use Android Messages. Hangouts also hasn’t received any notable updates for awhile, and many die hard users have been reporting bugs as of late.

Google isn’t giving up on consumer-facing chat apps though (let’s face it, it never will). Following the underwhelming push to make Google Allo catch on, the company announced its continued efforts to bring RCS features to as many carriers and smartphones as it can. The RCS standard is designed to improve messaging functionality that’s installed on smartphones by default. Down the line when RCS is widely adopted, you’ll be able to see read receipts, chat with multiple people without it being a horrible experience, and send media messages up to 10MB from your standard texting app.

If you’ve yet to wean yourself off Hangouts, now may be the time to do so. Feel free to check out our best messaging apps list if you need a replacement. I hope you find this article very useful, simply drop your comments and suggestions in the comment section below and don’t forget to share with your friends. And if you have more interesting topics then please don’t hesitate to share with us.

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