Google Hangouts gets hung out to dry in 2020, report says

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But all of them invariably end up limping to Google graveyard, that virtual place which has become crowded in the last few years as the tech company has culled products and services again and again.

The original Hangouts app will shut down sometime in 2020, a person familiar with the matter told 9to5Google. Better, a lineage for the preservation of your existing Hangouts chat history/data would be implied by this reveal.

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The death of Hangouts, if the report by 9to5google, a website dedicated to Google-related news, turns out to be true, it will not be unexpected. However, given the neglect that Hangouts itself has experienced for a couple of years, one wonders how committed Google actually are to maintaining that core experience for rusted-on users. It was the default Android app for instant messaging, group chats, and was the default chat service when communicating within the Gmail desktop version.

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. However, according to Scott Johnston, director of product management and realtime comms product lead for G Suite (i.e., the guy who runs Hangouts at Google), that isn't the case. However, instead of working on improving Google Talk, the tech company simply made a decision to kill it and launched Hangouts. Google also put its Allo messaging app on hold two years after its introduction. In the consumer market, Google has turned its focus on RCS and its Messages app.

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