Rumor claims Google Hangouts will shut down in 2020

Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020

The original Hangouts app will shut down sometime in 2020, a person familiar with the matter told 9to5Google.

The move shouldn't be a surprise for anyone who's been paying attention. past year Google announced it was shifting the focus of Hangouts to enterprise. So it was kind of nice when Google Hangouts launched in 2013 with features taken from three earlier apps (Google talk, Google+ Messener, and Hangouts video chat).

Fast forward to April of this year, Google announced its new "Chat" features for Android Messages as its next big project for finally delivering a messaging service that can compete with Apple's iMessage.

Hangouts for Enterprise customers was split into Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet back then. As 9to5Google noted, there hasn't been any movement on development for the app in some time, and Google removed Hangouts' support for SMS in May of previous year.

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

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It technically will still be available as part of the G Suite's Hangouts Chat for workplaces, it seems.

Google has a history of shelving services that arent as popular as they once were.

The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly.

This isn't a huge surprise with Google moving away from supporting the consumer side of Hangouts for some time.

It's unclear what the future holds for folks who've been using Hangouts since before it was called Hangouts. What is a suitable alternative?

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