A 9to5Google report suggests that Google wants to close the consumer version of Google Hangouts in 2020. Google has not officially acknowledged or denied the rumor, and the site mentions a source that is familiar with the product's internal roadmap
Google Hangouts would follow other Google products, including Google Inbox, Google Reader, Google Wave, Google Buzz or Google Plus, which the company has closed or intends to close in recent years.
According to the Google Hangouts report, it will be closed to consumers in 2020. Google introduced a new strategy for Hangouts in 2017 when it launched the two messaging applications Allo and Duo.
Google in the meantime focused on an RCS-based messaging system for Android called Chat in favor of the messaging application Allo.
Hangouts for enterprise customers were split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Hangouts Chat offers group chat features similar to Slack, Hangouts Meet video conferencing.
The company has more or less stopped developing the consumer version of Hangouts over the last year. Hangouts is still available on the Google Play Store and as part of Gmail's webmail service, Gmail. Lately Hangouts reviews have been anything but great.
Users complain about errors and slow performance; It's likely Google will not address these concerns if the rumor is true.
Google Hangouts is still a popular application, with more than 3.6 million user reviews on Google Play alone. However, Google never specified the total number of Hangouts users.
The shutdown was inevitable and delayed only because Allo was developing poorly. Google's new messaging efforts The chat will not start until 2019, and that's probably the main reason why the consumer version of Hangouts will be discontinued in 2020 and not in 2019.
Hangouts users have one year to find an alternative for the service; Some may not want to give Google another chance.
Now You : Are you Hangouts users? What is a suitable alternative?