Google Hangouts for Consumers Will Be Shutting Down Sometime in 2020

Google Hangouts for Consumers Will Be Shutting Down Sometime in 2020

But Hangouts is still the prominent chat option in Gmail on the web and the app remains on the Google Play Store to this day.

Google will reportedly kill off its Hangouts chat app in 2020.

9to5Google has reported that, according to an unnamed source familiar with the product's internal roadmap, next year will be the last year Google Hangouts will be available to consumers.

Google's yet to officially comment on this news, but don't be surprised if we get an announcement at some point next year confirming that Hangouts is on its way out the door.

Google is no stranger to killing off services, and it seems that one of its next victims could be Hangouts.

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The old Hangouts service was just a relic waiting to be killed, and now the multicoloured grim reaper has drawn its scythe. There was a lot of pressure for Google to come up with an iMessage competitor but Hangouts was not it.

It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust.

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

As the Verge noted at the time, the move made sense considering the significant number of chat apps under the Google umbrella, including Google Duo, Android Messages, and Google Allo. However, instead of working on improving Google Talk, the tech company simply chose to kill it and launched Hangouts. 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.

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