Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Technology | By Lionel Gonzales

Google Hangouts to be shutdown in 2020

Google Hangouts to be shutdown in 2020

According to a source familiar with the matter who spoke with 9to5Google, the closure will happen "sometime in 2020". Google Allo - now supplanted by Chat in Android Messages and Google Duo handle consumer scenarios, while GSuite consumers can make use of Google Hangouts Chat and Meet. Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet would still be a part of Google's G Suite.

A few years later, Google launched Allo and Duo as simple-to-use instant messaging apps as brand new products, eventually converting Hangouts into a business group or collaboration chat/communication service.

Google Hangouts would follow other Google products such as Google Inbox, Google Reader, Google Wave, Google Buzz, or Google Plus that the company shut down in recent years or plans to shut down.

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If the transition from consumer focus wasn't enough, Google has been transitioning their focus for messaging to the "Chat" platform powered by TXT messaging replacement Rich Communication Services (RCS) for some time.

With Hangouts now being used for business purposes and Chat being developed for consumer use, the regular Hangouts app no longer serves any real goal. Google never revealed the total number of Hangouts users though. Is it past time for the app to go, or is Hangouts your go-to chat platform? Google's new messaging effort Chat won't take off before 2019, and that is probably the main reason why the consumer version of Hangouts is retired in 2020 and not in 2019.

How do you feel about the demise of Hangouts?

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