Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020

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It looks as though Hangouts will join a growing list of Google chat products to bite the dust. 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. Whether or not that holds up remains to be seen, and Google isn't officially saying anything about the app's future, but the writing has been on the wall since. forever?

As mentioned, Google already offers replacement apps for this. The latest that will join the list of products Google has killed seems like Hangouts, a fairly popular messaging app.

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"As mentioned, Hangouts as a brand will live on with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, the former meant to be a team communication app comparable to Slack, and the latter a video meetings platform", the report added.

The platform has seen several major changes since its inception but Google has put its development on the backburner, instead focusing on its more recent services: Google Allo and Duo.

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While Hangouts Chat, much like Slack, was meant for easy conversations between the team and the organization, Hangouts Meet was introduced as a video-calling platform for fast, easy and convenient meetings.

Google would then decide to launch another SMS app called Messages (eventually renamed to Android Messages), which left us wondering why it would integrate SMS only to cease support just a year later. That feature hasn't launched yet, but RCS messaging is expected to rollout in early 2019.

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