Google May Be Shutting Down Hangouts For Consumers Sometime In 2020

No Google isn't shutting Hangouts in 2020 though it probably should

Google has never eally found its feet with Hangouts

Google has not officially confirmed or denied the rumor, and the site cites a "source familiar with the product's internal roadmap" as its source.

Hangouts was launched as a replacement for Gchat in 2013 by the tech titan but has been losing features in recent years as the company has stopped updating the app and taken away SMS messaging. In 2016, Hangouts was demoted, if not immediately killed, by Google as it launched a new messaging app called Allo for text and multimedia messages and Duo for video calls. However, according to Scott Johnston, director of product management and realtime comms product lead for G Suite (i.e., the guy who runs Hangouts at Google), that isn't the case.

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That included Google Talk, which was more focused on enterprise users, and Google+ Messenger, the service formerly known as Huddle. After launching Allo a few years ago - Allo has also been abandoned by the way - Google ceased working on Hangouts. Is it past time for the app to go, or is Hangouts your go-to chat platform?

The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly.

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Despite its impending demise, Hangouts is still featured prominently in some of Google's other popular services, such as the Gmail web client.

Hangouts users have a year to find an alternative for the service; some may not want to give Google another chance. As someone who both continues to use Hangouts, and who has come to love and depend on the Slack or Discord style at-mentions, having those available in Hangouts would be pretty snazzy.

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