Google Hangouts shutdown plans start messaging controversy

Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020

Google Hangouts gets hung out to dry in 2020, report says

Google will shut its popular Hangouts service for consumers by 2020, 9to5Google has reported, citing sources aware of the product's roadmap. Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet would still be a part of Google's G Suite. Google also put its Allo messaging app on hold two years after its introduction. Google never revealed the total number of Hangouts users though.

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

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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.

The death of Hangouts, if the report by 9to5google, a website dedicated to Google-related news, turns out to be true, it will not be unexpected.

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Android Messages is now what the company would prefer consumers to use, but given Google's history of launching and closing chat tools (remember Allo?) users would be forgiven for wondering just how long this tool may last. The site noted Google's announcement previous year of a shift to an enterprise focus with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as an early sign that such a decision was forthcoming.

How do you feel about the demise of Hangouts? Such examples include Google Reader (an RSS reader), Google Buzz (a Twitter-like short blogging site), and the Google+ Social Network is already on its way to the schedule sunset date of August 2019.

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While Hangouts Chat, much like Slack, was meant for easy conversations between the team and the organization, Hangouts Meet was introduced as a video-calling platform for fast, easy and convenient meetings.

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