Google clarifies that Hangouts is not shutting down

By Shaheryar Ehsan on
December 3, 2018
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A report from 9to5Google stated that Google Hangouts for consumers would soon be shutting down soon sometime in 2020. Their assumptions were based on the fact that Google had stopped development on the app more than a year ago plus a source familiar with the subject matter confirmed this.

However, Google Product Lead for Hangouts Scott Johnston has since then confirmed that there are no plans to shut down Hangouts whatsoever. He went as far as to say that this is pretty “shoddy” reporting and 9to5Google’s source is severely misinformed.

However, he further clarified his statement that Hangouts will ultimately be evolved into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, two different apps rather than a full closure of Hangouts. In a tweet to Stephen Hall, the managing editor of 9to5Google, he said:

Later on, Google also issued an official statement:

In March 2017, we announced plans to evolve classic Hangouts to focus on two experiences that help bring teams together: Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Both Chat and Meet are available today for G Suite customers and will be made available for consumer users, too. We have not announced an official timeline for transitioning users from classic Hangouts to Chat and Meet. We are fully committed to supporting classic Hangouts users until everyone is successfully migrated to Chat and Meet.

There you have it, Google is not shutting down Hangouts rather “upgrading” it to 2 new versions that are Chat and Meet. Chat is a messaging and collaboration platform for teams whereas Meet is for video conferencing. Do you think making the two versions separate is a good approach?

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Source: 9to5Google | Android Central

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