According to sources familiar with the product's internal roadmap, Google Hangouts for consumers will be closed during 2020. This is not surprising since Google has essentially stopped the development of the app more than a year ago. But you know, by 2019, this is indeed the last year you can continue using the popular (?) Chat app (19659002).
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Google Announced Its Pivot Last Spring Hangouts brand requires companies to meet with Hangouts chat and Hangouts use cases, so writing the Hangouts consumer app has been stalling for some time. Meanwhile, Google's messaging efforts for consumers on RCS & # 39; Chat & # 39; and Android Messages after Allo's misadventures.
Given Google's abandonment of the app in terms of development, and the alleged later death, many have already switched from using it. 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 issues.
As mentioned earlier, Hangouts will continue to live as a brand with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, originally intended as a team communications app, similar to Slack and the latter a video meeting platform. In the meantime, Google Voice, which was initially independent and then integrated into Hangouts for a long time, moved back to its own redesigned app earlier this year.
Interestingly, Hangouts was one of the few apps to buy despite his imminent hard labor Early support for the new MMS and RCS feature of Android Auto, alongside Android news and WhatsApp.
The shutdown of Hangouts has been a long time, so its departure could still be more than a year away is what is surprising here. I dare assume that actual usage numbers are still significant, as Google's initiative to develop a true messaging alternative, Allo, has failed miserably. Meanwhile, the RCS initiative "Chat", which is Google's pioneer, is not yet on the way.
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