Google Pulls The Plug On Hangouts



Based on a press release from the corporate, Google has lastly ended Hangouts for good. The app, which has been Google’s main messaging platform since 2013, will redirect customers to Google Chat.

A textual content, video, and voice chat app constructed into Gmail, Hangouts has been sunsetted since July, when the Chrome extension and cell apps in Google Play and the Apple App Retailer have been eliminated.

The messaging internet app, which had been the lone Hangouts providing nonetheless out there to customers, was retired at present. Hangouts customers can entry the app by means of November 1, 2022, once they must use Chat.

Chat Will Assume Many Of Hangouts’ Options

Hangouts’ substitute Chat is an prompt messenger platform within the mould of Slack or Microsoft Groups. It integrates throughout Google Work House and affords further options like group chats, safety instruments, and the flexibility to collaborate on information within the Google Docs Editors suite.

Chats additionally permit customers to ship GIFs, use wealthy textual content options, notify different customers with @mentions and use emojis with skin-tone choice.

Google started permitting Hangouts customers to maneuver to Chats in July 2021. The search engine firm began prompting customers to change in June of this yr.

Based on the assertion, most customers’ contacts and messages shall be routinely migrated over, however some information would require guide relocation. With this in thoughts, Hangouts information shall be out there for obtain through Google Takeout till January 1, 2023.

“Now we have large ambitions for the way forward for Chat, and over the approaching months, you’ll see much more options like direct calling, in-line threading in Areas, and the flexibility to share and look at a number of photographs,” Ravi Kanneganti, product supervisor for Google Chat stated in a weblog put up earlier this yr.

Transfer Marks Subsequent Chapter In Google Messaging

In August 2005, Google launched Google Discuss, its first try at creating an prompt messaging platform. Since then, the search engine firm has made quite a few efforts to develop a profitable messenger with combined however usually underwhelming outcomes.

The previous 17 years have seen greater than a dozen makes an attempt at capitalizing on a market dominated by rivals like WhatsApp, Fb Messenger, and iMessage.

A number of the extra notable tasks included Google+ Hangouts, the app’s preliminary iteration on the short-lived social media web site Allo, which suffered from extreme privateness points, and Duo, which shall be merged into Meet by the tip of this yr.

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