Google transitioned Hangouts to be more of an enterprise tool rather than consumer with the launch of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet previous year. Considering Google essentially stopped updating the app over a year ago, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. 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.
The death of Hangouts, if the report by 9to5google, a website dedicated to Google-related news, turns out to be true, it will not be unexpected.
According to a source familiar with Hangouts' roadmap (courtesy of 9To5Google), the service will be shutting down for good in 2020.
There are a number of more feature rich, cross platform messaging apps out there including ones offering end to end encryption such as Telegram (Our choice here at Ausdroid), WhatsApp, Signal and loads more.
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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.
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. However, instead of working on improving Google Talk, the tech company simply made a decision to kill it and launched Hangouts.
Google has a history of shelving services that arent as popular as they once were.
A spokesperson for Google didn't immediately return Gizmodo's request for comment about the report, but we'll update this post if we hear back.