Hangouts, Google’s chat app that was first debuted in 2013, may finally be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. According to a report from 9to5Google, Hangouts will be shut down once and for all at some point in 2020.
While we can’t confirm the validity of this report, a move like this sure does seem likely. Google first announced back in 2016 that it was refocusing Hangouts for use in the enterprise space, and then in March 2017, two new services were announced in the form of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet — a Slack competitor and video chat platform, respectively.
This really shouldn’t surprise anyone.
Fast forward to April of this year, Google announced its new “Chat” features for Android Messages as its next big project for finally delivering a messaging service that can compete with Apple’s iMessage. In the process, Google also confirmed that development for Allo (the messaging app that had just been released less than two years prior) was being put on hold.
With Hangouts now being used for business purposes and Chat being developed for consumer use, the regular Hangouts app no longer serves any real purpose.
Google’s yet to officially comment on this news, but don’t be surprised if we get an announcement at some point next year confirming that Hangouts is on its way out the door.
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