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Google Hangouts Closed for Consumers by 2020: Report



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It seems Hangouts is joining a growing list of Google Chat products to bite the dust off. After years of showing that such a move could be imminent, Google could definitively shut down its Hangouts platform for consumers. Citing a source familiar with the product's internal roadmap, 9to5Google on Friday reported that Hangouts' end to consumers is coming "sometime in 2020". The site took Google's announcement last year of corporate focus with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as an early sign that such a decision was emerging. But there are also other warning signs, so 9to5Google:

Given the abandonment of Google's abandonment of the app in terms of development and the alleged death, many have already renounced the use of this app. However, Hangouts remains the most prominent chat option in Gmail on the web, and the app remains in the Google Play Store to this day. Many recent reviews show that the app has signs of age, errors and performance problems.

For years, Google has stated that Hangouts is a slug-based competing chat app for the workplace. As 9to5Google noted, there has been no development in the app's development for some time, and Google removed SMS support from Hangouts last May.

As Verge noted at the time, the decision made sense in the considerable number of chat apps on Google, including Google Duo, Android Messages, and Google Allo. There is also Chat, the RCS product that is expected to hit the market in 201

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Hangout's death is said to persist for more than a year, so all supporters of the platform have plenty of time to settle peace with the reported demise

A spokesman for Google did not ask Gizmodo's request immediately after the report, but we will update this post when we hear it.

[9to5Google]


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