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Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020

02 December 2018

The latest that will join the list of products Google has killed seems like Hangouts, a fairly popular messaging app.

According to a source familiar with Hangouts' roadmap (courtesy of 9To5Google), the service will be shutting down for good in 2020.

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.

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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. Earlier this year, it opened up both Meet and Chat to all Google account holders. In a way, everything that Google learned from developing and launching Hangouts is now a part of Allo and Duos DNA.

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

Yesterday it was reported that Google was planning to sunset Hangouts sometime in 2020.

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Regardless of your choice, the reality is stark: Hangouts Classic - as Google now wants to call it - is garbage, and if it does eventually make way for better products, well that can't happen soon enough.

With Hangouts now being used for business purposes and Chat being developed for consumer use, the regular Hangouts app no longer serves any real objective.

With Hangouts still integrated into some of Google's core products (e.g. on-demand video conferencing linked to Calendar events), it's likely that consumers will still find a use for Hangouts going forward.

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Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020