Google may pull the plug on Hangouts in 2020

Hangouts as a brand will continue with G Suite’s Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet

Hangouts as a brand will continue with G Suite’s Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet

Since 2012, when it killed the Google Talk, the company has tried a number of messaging apps.

This isn't a huge surprise with Google moving away from supporting the consumer side of Hangouts for some time.

Hangouts would later be able to support SMS messaging so the same app could receive SMS and Hangouts messages, but its implementation wasnt very solid. According to a report from 9to5Google, Hangouts will be shut down once and for all at some point in 2020.

Google two years ago replaced its Hangouts app with Allo and Duo for consumers, while pushing the Hangouts brand as the enterprise solution with Hangouts Chat and Meet for chat and video conferencing scenarios respectively.

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.

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The platform has seen several major changes since its inception but Google has put its development on the backburner, instead focusing on its more recent services: Google Allo and Duo.

Google is now working on a new messaging app that will support Rich Communications Services (RCS), making SMS nearly WhatsApp like.

It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a report that Google is considering either launching or shutting down a messaging app.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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