It appears to be like the writing could be on the wall for Google Hangouts… once more. The venerable messaging app is heading to close down to individuals at some issue in 2020, according to resources talking to 9to5Google, though it will reside on as a small business tool.
Based on inner roadmaps inside Google, 2019 will be the very last yr you can make the most of Hangouts until you have signed up to G Suite. That will never occur as much of a shock to all those who’ve been watching the advancement of Hangouts intently – Google has largely provided up on Hangouts as a messaging tool for the masses.
Which is a shame, because Hangouts is basically very great: lightweight, multipurpose, and obtainable all over the place from your Gmail inbox to your mobile phone. It certainly fared much far better than Google Allo, which was crafted primarily to switch Hangouts.
What will come subsequent?
Now it would feel Google is turning its back on both equally Allo and Hangouts in the in the vicinity of foreseeable future and concentrating all its focus on Android Messages – or relatively the chat system that underpins applications which include Android Messages.
In an endeavor to construct some thing approaching an iMessage competitor, Google is backing the RCS or Rich Communication Services common. It essentially offers great outdated SMS a couple beneficial updates, so it can far better handle media files and group chat and so on, but so considerably the mobile phone networks have been slow to give the needed aid for it.
Hangouts was previously a rather first rate iMessage competitor, but evidently Google doesn’t agree. As nonetheless you can find no official phrase from Google about how very long Hangouts is heading to very last, but we would not wager on staying in a position to use it into the subsequent ten years.