Google wants to officially ditch Hangouts for RCS messaging in 2020

Google wants to officially ditch Hangouts for RCS messaging in 2020

Google wants to officially ditch Hangouts for RCS messaging in 2020

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

According to a source familiar with Hangouts' roadmap (courtesy of 9To5Google), the service will be shutting down for good in 2020. Last year, Google said it was "evolving" Hangouts to focus on two new services: Hangouts Meet, a video conferencing feature, and Hangouts Chat, a messaging platform and Slack competitor. After years of indications that such a move could be imminent, Google may finally be shutting down its Hangouts platform for consumers.

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Regardless of your choice, the reality is stark: Hangouts Classic - as Google now wants to call it - is garbage, and if it does eventually make way for better products, well that can't happen soon enough.

The news doesn't come as a surprise as Google had long ago stopped updating Google Hangouts. It was the default Android app for instant messaging, group chats, and was the default chat service when communicating within the Gmail desktop version. In a way, everything that Google learned from developing and launching Hangouts is now a part of Allo and Duos DNA. Furthermore, we're told current Hangouts users will be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Meet. 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. Let us know in the comments down below. The chat app was launched back in 2013, itself a replacement to three different messaging products which Google had been operating.

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