According to a source familiar with the internal product roadmap, Google Hangout for the consumers will going to be shutting down sometime 2020. That is not surprising at all since Google essentially ceased development on the app more than a year ago. But just know, going to be out in 2019, this is indeed your last year to keep using the beloved legacy chat app.
Last spring, Google announced its pivot for the Hangout brand to enterprise use cases with the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, so the writing has been on the wall for the quite some time regarding the Hangouts consumer app’s demise. Moreover, Google has transitioned its consumer-facing messaging efforts to RCS ‘Chat’ and Android Messages following the Allo’s misadventures.
Given Google’s abandonment of the app in terms of development and its presumed eventual death, many have already transitioned away from using it. But Hangouts is till the prominent chat option in Gmail on the web, and the app remains on the Google Play Store to this day. Many recent reviews say that the app is showing certain sort of signs of age, noting bugs and performance issues.
As mentioned, Hangouts as a brand will live on with G Suite’s Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, the former intended to be a team communication app comparable to Slack, and the latter a video meetings platform. Meanwhile, Google Voice calling, which was at first independent and then long integrated into Hangouts, was moved back out to its own redesigned app earlier this year.
Interestingly, despite its forthcoming axing, Hangouts was one of a few apps to get early support for Android Auto’s new MMS and RCS functionality, alongside Android Messages and WhatsApp.
“Last spring Google announced its pivot for the Hangouts brand to enterprise use cases with Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, so the writing has been on the wall for quite some time regarding the Hangouts consumer app's demise,” according to the report.
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