Of course, the name will live on through Hangouts Meet, and Hangouts Chat. Hangout’s being Google’s chat app, was first debuted in 2013, and while it may be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel, we’re sad to see it go. According to a report from 9to5Google, Hangouts will be shutting down once and for all at some point in 2020.
While we cannot confirm the validity of this report at this current time, a move like this does for sure seem likely. Google had first announced something during 2016 which was refocusing Hangouts for use in the enterprise space, though in March 2017, two newer services were then announced in the form of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, which is a Slack competitor and video chat platform, respectively.
Now fast forward into April of this year, and Google has announced new “Chat” features for Android Messages as being it’s next big project for delivering a messaging service that can now compete with Apple’s iMessage. During this process, Google also confirms that development for Allo (a messaging app that had just been released less than two years ago prior), was being put on hold.
With Hangouts however, it is now being used for business purposes, and Chat has also been made for consumer use. The regular Hangouts app no longer serves any real purpose though. Google’s also yet to officially comment on this brand new report on this however. And don’t be suprised if we get an announcement at some point next year at some point confirming that Hangouts is on the way out the door. Do you still use Hangouts?, why is this?, drop a comment below and explain why.
via Android Central