Google to Shift Hangouts Users to Google Chats in 2021

Google to Shift Hangouts Users to Google Chats in 2021”

This transition away from Hangouts isn't entirely unexpected - Google said in December 2018 that it planned to migrate Hangouts users to Chat and Meet at some point.

"Early next year, we'll remove Fi support in Hangouts", Google said. It's not clear, though, when Google will force everyone to migrate and shut down the Hangouts servers for good.

According to Matthew Leske, who is the group product manager of Google, chat will replace Google Hangouts and users of Google Hangouts will be automatically migrated with their existing conversations.

After Google's Meet success, Google is making Chat free as well, pushing it forward as a replacement of the OG Google Hangouts app - or Hangouts Classic.

Google is beginning the way toward closing down its Google Hangouts application and moving clients to Google Chat, it was announced through a blog entry Thursday.

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Google will make Chat available for free to everyone (it's now exclusive to Workspace users), including the integrated experience within Gmail that Workspace users just picked up.

Google Chat which is exclusive to G Suite customers for now is becoming free for everyone next year.

Google announced their intent back in 2018, and the company has definitely learned from its mistakes because of the fact that it is taking a much slower approach this time around so that users could get used to the new service before they migrate to it. Google also used this to introduce Google Chat, something that was initially only available for people that used Workspace but has slowly been rolling out to everyone else. For voice users, the company will start directing text messages and calls from Hangouts to Voice app. As Google has worked to improve Google Messages, that's where they see the future. The users of Google Fi will be not be able to manage text messages and calls from next year.

As for Google Voice, the big news here is that Google is going to further disconnect Voice from Hangouts. In a few month, they'll present extra particulars on how that may occur. For instance, the "call phones" feature in Hangouts will be removed for users in the European Union and U.S this month due to new telecommunications regulation.

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