Google Plans To Shut Down Google Hangouts By 2020

Joshua Bennett
December 2, 2018

Since 2012, when it killed the Google Talk, the company has tried a number of messaging apps.

According to the report, Google Hangouts will be shut down for consumers in 2020.

Hangouts, Google's chat app that was first debuted in 2013, may finally be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel.

The company abandoned development of the consumer version of Hangouts more or less a year ago.

The platform has seen several major changes since its inception but Google has put its development on the backburner, instead focusing on its more recent services: Google Allo and Duo. After launching Allo a few years ago - Allo has also been abandoned by the way - Google ceased working on Hangouts.

While consumers may lose the well-known chat app, Hangouts will live on for enterprise users as Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

Google is now working on a new messaging app that will support Rich Communications Services (RCS), making SMS nearly WhatsApp like.

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. Google will likely be winding down the app over the coming year, giving users a chance to migrate, before closing it down. As someone who both continues to use Hangouts, and who has come to love and depend on the Slack or Discord style at-mentions, having those available in Hangouts would be pretty snazzy.

Although the current focus for Hangouts Chat and Meet is undoubtedly business-focused, Johnston spoke vaguely of plans to make these more consumer-facing in future.

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