Google Hangouts for consumers will shut down by 2020

Google Hangouts for consumers will shut down by 2020

However, Hangouts as part of me Google will continue in the form Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as both platforms are not going anywhere.

Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a report that Google is considering either launching or shutting down a messaging app. The writing has been on the wall for a little while, but now the clock really is ticking.

9to5Google has reported that, according to an unnamed source familiar with the product's internal roadmap, next year will be the last year Google Hangouts will be available to consumers.

The company abandoned development of the consumer version of Hangouts more or less past year.

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.

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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. Meet is a video chat platform within Hangouts which is mainly used by organisations.

Users complain about bugs and slow performance; it seems likely that Google won't address these concerns anymore if the rumor is true.

That included Google Talk, which was more focused on enterprise users, and Google+ Messenger, the service formerly known as Huddle.

Google Hangouts was the consolidation of a number of different services.

The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly. What is a suitable alternative?

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