Just late last year, it was announced by Google that they would be killing off the Hangouts Classic app, as well as Allo, which today the company is releasing more details about their future plans of the Hangouts Classic app and it’s most to Hangouts Chat and Meet.
As published on their G Suite Blog, Google made note of a few dates for the transition from Hangouts Classic to Chat and Meet. Features from Hangouts Classic will start making it’s way to Chat and Meet in April and will continue throughout September. In October, the Hangouts Classic retirement will start for G Suite customers, with no specific date mentioned.
It’s probably also worth noting that this is only for the G Suite customers, so those that have a regular Gmail account, Hangouts Classic will continue to live on for a bit longer. It’s also expected to sunset officially in 2020, though the exact time frame in 2020 is yet to be determined.
Most currently, the Hangouts Classic and the new Hangouts Chat apps are mostly interoperable, though group chats do not seem to be making the move over to Chat as easily. That’s mainly something that Google will be likely working on in the coming months before they close down the “Classic” version for G Suite users.
Google has also said that the G Suite users can start the transition over to Hangouts Chat for the time being, as there are some more powerful features available on Chat versus the Classic version. Though if there are still some features missing from Hangouts Chat, then you might just want to hold off until those features are rolled out more fully.
Hangouts Classic was revealed a few years ago as the replacement for Google Talk. Google tried to hype it up as their latest chat service which would replace all of their chat services that Google had at the time. That would give everyone an all-in-one service. Though that really didn’t happen, as Google then decided to release a few new messaging apps a few years later, like Allo, Duo and Android Messages. Now, Google has, officially about seven messaging applications and it will be shutting down two of those. This leaves everyone with five different messaging applications which is not going to make things any more simple for their users.
When the news broke that the Hangouts Classic app would be shut down in 2020, according to a leaked roadmap, Google panicked just a little bit. They didn’t really have any option for all their users that were still using Hangouts. This is also because Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet were initially supposed to be only for the enterprise aka G Suite users. So Google then decided that it would then open up the new Hangouts Chat and Meet to all of it’s users, though it still looks like Google still needs to tie up the loose ends before it can do that.
Hangouts Classic is on it’s way out, and it had a pretty good run, though it looks like Hangouts Chat and Meet will be replaced in a year or two from now. Of course, many are going to be looking for a new messaging app from Google, seeing as Google does like to kill off mesaging apps every few years, and it doesn’t get any more annoying than that.
via Android Headlines