Google Plans To Shut Down Google Hangouts By 2020

Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020

Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020

After years of indications that such a move could be imminent, Google may finally be shutting down its Hangouts platform for consumers.

Since then, of course, Google has had a number of other messaging apps, and juggled them in somewhat confusing ways.

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.

Having split the chat tool into corporate-focused Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, sources familiar with Google's plans say that the company is due to shut down the consumer version of Hangouts in 2020. There was a lot of pressure for Google to come up with an iMessage competitor but Hangouts was not it.

"As mentioned, Hangouts as a brand will live on with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, the former meant to be a team communication app comparable to Slack, and the latter a video meetings platform", the report added.

Although Hangout is not something as popular as WhatsApp, or even Facebook Messenger, it integrates with Gmail and hence used by a lot of people.in particular, it is a handy tool for workplaces where Gmail is often in use.

While Hangouts Chat, much like Slack, was meant for easy conversations between the team and the organization, Hangouts Meet was introduced as a video-calling platform for fast, easy and convenient meetings. However, instead of working on improving Google Talk, the tech company simply chose to kill it and launched Hangouts. Google unveiled a new strategy for Hangouts in 2017 when it launched the two messaging applications Allo and Duo.

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