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Google will shutter Hangouts for Consumers in 2020

Google will shutter Hangouts for Consumers in 2020”

Google Hangouts service is living its last days (or months) as Google is expected to shut its services sometime in 2020, according to a report by 9To5Google. But all of them invariably end up limping to Google graveyard, that virtual place which has become crowded in the last few years as the tech company has culled products and services again and again.

If the transition from consumer focus wasn't enough, Google has been transitioning their focus for messaging to the "Chat" platform powered by TXT messaging replacement Rich Communication Services (RCS) for some time.

It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust. Whether or not that holds up remains to be seen, and Google isn't officially saying anything about the app's future, but the writing has been on the wall since. forever?

The company abandoned development of the consumer version of Hangouts more or less previous year.

It technically will still be available as part of the G Suite's Hangouts Chat for workplaces, it seems.

Google Hangouts is still a popular application with more than 3.6 million user reviews on Google Play alone.

Google launched Hangouts back in 2013 as a successor to Google Talk.

The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly. There was a lot of pressure for Google to come up with an iMessage competitor but Hangouts was not it.

Many have moved on from Hangouts after Google rebranded it to Hangouts Meet, but if youre still using Hangouts, you still have some time before Google eventually pulls the plug. What is a suitable alternative?



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