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Rumor: Google to shut down Hangouts in 2020

02 December, 2018, 08:24 | Author: Lydia Fleming

As the Verge noted at the time, the move made sense considering the significant number of chat apps under the Google umbrella, including Google Duo, Android Messages, and Google Allo. 9to5Google said that based on a "source familiar with the product's internal roadmap", Google Hangouts as a consumer product will come to an end in 2020. While Hangouts is still available on the Google Play Store and as part of Gmail, Google's webmail service, recent reviews of Hangouts have been anything but great.

After yesterday's rumours that Google would shutter Hangouts for consumers in 2020, it appears that Google has a product manager for Hangouts, and also, that reports of its demise may be premature. Development on Google Hangouts effectively ceased in early 2017, with users of feature like SMS directed to switch to other apps.

Both Hangout Chat and Meet are now available for web, Android and iOS users. Whether or not that holds up remains to be seen, and Google isn't officially saying anything about the app's future, but the writing has been on the wall since. forever?

Johnston doesn't seem to take issue with the idea that Hangouts Classic will be deprecated.


With Hangouts still integrated into some of Google's core products (e.g. on-demand video conferencing linked to Calendar events), it's likely that consumers will still find a use for Hangouts going forward.

Google has a history of shelving services that arent as popular as they once were.

Hangouts for Enterprise customers was split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet back then.

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