Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020

Isaac Cain
December 1, 2018

Google transitioned Hangouts to be more of an enterprise tool rather than consumer with the launch of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet a year ago.

Given Google's abandonment of the app in terms of development and its presumed eventual death, many have already transitioned away from using it.

The news doesn't come as a surprise as Google had long ago stopped updating Google Hangouts. Google will likely be winding down the app over the coming year, giving users a chance to migrate, before closing it down.

A few years later, Google launched Allo and Duo as simple-to-use instant messaging apps as brand new products, eventually converting Hangouts into a business group or collaboration chat/communication service. According to a report from 9to5Google, Hangouts will be shut down once and for all at some point in 2020.

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Google has a history of shelving services that arent as popular as they once were. However, instead of working on improving Google Talk, the tech company simply chose to kill it and launched Hangouts.

Though it's still unofficial, and given Google hasn't managed to launch a successful cross-platform replacement for Hangouts it's time to start checking out the competition.

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.

As the Verge noted at the time, the move made sense considering the significant number of chat apps under the Google umbrella, including Google Duo, Android Messages, and Google Allo.

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