Google is planning to shut down Hangouts for consumers by 2020

Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020

Slamming the reporting as shoddy, Scott Johnston, Realtime Comms product lead in G Suite at Google (Hangouts Meet & Chat, Google Voice) in a string of tweets said that there have been "no decisions made about when Hangouts will be shut down".

Google two years ago replaced its Hangouts app with Allo and Duo for consumers, while pushing the Hangouts brand as the enterprise solution with Hangouts Chat and Meet for chat and video conferencing scenarios respectively.

Google has finally realized it has too many chat apps and will shut down Hangouts in 2020. 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. However, with a migration to Hangouts Chat and Meet on the table, the platform will continue, and we understand that existing Hangouts chats and data will be maintained. Development on Google Hangouts effectively ceased in early 2017, with users of feature like SMS directed to switch to other apps.

For those unaware, Google Hangouts is a communication platform that was launched by the company in 2013 as a successor to Google Talk (Gchat).

'2.0' earns over Rs 150 crore in just two days
Trade website Box Office India said the film was performing well in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, East Punjab, Bihar and Central India. Reports say that the film has grossed more than Rs. 80 crore (across all formats) at the box office in India only.

Furthermore, it is expected that Google could unveil new messaging apps, replacing Google Hangouts.

Google at this point has just gotten in the habit of shutting down services as soon as their popularity falls below the company's expectations, regardless of the people still using it.

How do you feel about the demise of Hangouts?

It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust. What is a suitable alternative?

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