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01 December 2018, 08:59 | Jodi Jackson
Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020
There was a lot of pressure for Google to come up with an iMessage competitor but Hangouts was not it. At the same time, this app will also support messaging through the internet, like any other chat app, and will probably have a feature set that is similar to that of WhatsApp. If the report is correct, 2019 will be the previous year in which consumers are able to use Google Hangouts - but Google already has chat alternatives available.
Google Hangouts service is living its last days (or months) as Google is expected to shut its services sometime in 2020, according to a report by 9To5Google.
As mentioned, Google already offers replacement apps for this.
It technically will still be available as part of the G Suite's Hangouts Chat for workplaces, it seems.
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. In the consumer market, Google has turned its focus on RCS and its Messages app. Google removed SMS functionality in the classic Hangouts app a year ago.
Google has a history of shelving services that arent as popular as they once were. Google never revealed the total number of Hangouts users though. This RCS-based messaging app from Google is likely to launch in 2019 or early 2020, after which the company will put Hangouts to sleep.
A spokesperson for Google didn't immediately return Gizmodo's request for comment about the report, but we'll update this post if we hear back.
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