Google confirms there are no plans of shutting down Hangouts, sort of

Google confirms there are no plans of shutting down Hangouts, sort of

Google confirms there are no plans of shutting down Hangouts, sort of

Google is no stranger to killing off services, and it seems that one of its next victims could be Hangouts. The writing has been on the wall for a little while, but now the clock really is ticking.

According to a source familiar with Hangouts' roadmap (courtesy of 9To5Google), the service will be shutting down for good in 2020. Considering Google essentially stopped updating the app over a year ago, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. But the 2020 end-date has been assigned for consumers, and it's given rise to speculation there will be a replacement in the form of the RCS chat feature in Android Messages that Google debuted in April.

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. Instead, Hangouts users will be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.


Besides, Reuters recently reported that European Union antitrust regulators have asked Google's rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case against the Alphabet unit. Since 2012, when it killed the Google Talk, the company has tried a number of messaging apps. Indeed, he suggest that existing user will be migrated to the other services Google offers. At the same time, this app will also support messaging through the internet, like any other chat app, and will probably have a feature set that is similar to that of WhatsApp.

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