Google is planning to shut down Hangouts for consumers by 2020

Google is planning to shut down Hangouts for consumers by 2020

Google is planning to shut down Hangouts for consumers by 2020

Google is preparing to shut down Hangouts for consumers, though there's controversy over when that will happen and what alternative existing users will be migrated to. This based on a report by 9to5Google.

The challenge for users is that we can't really trust that a product Google releases will be here for more than a couple of years before being either altered significantly, subsumed into another profit or deprecated completely. "So while that will result in the eventual shut down of Hangouts classic (as we now call it)", he outlines, "it doesn't imply we are ending support for the use case supported by the product: messaging and meetings".

Since then, 9to5Google has updated its original story with Johnston's quote. Also, Chat and Meet are both enterprise-focused services that require G Suite accounts.

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The shutting down of Hangouts shouldn't come as a surprise for its consumer users, as Google did not make any changes to the app for more than a year, Also, some reviewers suggested that Hangouts app was showing signs of age, bugs as well as performance issues. None of the current users would care much for Chat and Meet functionalities and would rather have it keep working as it does now.

Although Hangout is not something as popular as WhatsApp, or even Facebook Messenger, it integrates with Gmail and hence used by a lot of particular, it is a handy tool for workplaces where Gmail is often in use. Some other examples such as Inbox and Reader come to mind. This means that Google has plans to shut down Hangouts eventually but not sometime in 2020. 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.

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