Published: Sat, December 01, 2018
Electronics | By Shannon Stone

Google may pull the plug on Hangouts in 2020

Google may pull the plug on Hangouts in 2020

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.

This isn't a huge surprise with Google moving away from supporting the consumer side of Hangouts for some time.

While consumers may lose the well-known chat app, Hangouts will live on for enterprise users as Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

Citing a source "familiar with the product's internal roadmap", 9to5Google reported Friday that the end of Hangouts for consumers will arrive "sometime in 2020". While the original google Hangouts Web and Android apps remained functional, they received few updates besides big fices, and it was only a matter of time till the firm killed it off for real.

Google launched Hangouts back in 2013 as a successor to Google Talk.

The platform has seen several major changes since its inception but Google has put its development on the backburner, instead focusing on its more recent services: Google Allo and Duo. As 9to5Google noted, there hasn't been any movement on development for the app in some time, and Google removed Hangouts' support for SMS in May of past year.

Google would then decide to launch another SMS app called Messages (eventually renamed to Android Messages), which left us wondering why it would integrate SMS only to cease support just a year later.

Google is now working on a new messaging app that will support Rich Communications Services (RCS), making SMS nearly WhatsApp like.

Google didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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