Bad news Folks, Google(NASDAQ:GOOG) Hangouts Will Start atto Phase Out at Ocattober #Hangouts_ChatFebruary 12, 2019
Google Hangouts loyalists, I regret to inform you that the news about your beloved communication tool is not great.
Thankfully, the company said that this change will not immediately affect the rest of us, but it did say that a consumer shift over to a free Chat and Meet service is imminent.
We knew this was inevitable.
9to5Google first reported back in November that Hangouts was staring down its eventual demise sometime in 2020.
(Scott Johnston, a head of product at Google, later shot down the report , claiming that there hadn’t been any decisions made about when Hangouts would be phased out.)
A company spokesperson told Gizmodo at the time that it was “fully committed to supporting classic Hangouts users until everyone is successfully migrated to Chat and Meet.”
Classic Hangouts is the latest in a string of Google messaging services to bite the dust.
Google recently , and before that, there was Hangouts predecessor Gchat , as well as Google Buzz , Google Wave , and Google Spaces .
Johnston pointed to a thread by Google engineer Justin Uberti back in December that broke down in pretty simple terms how Google envisions its messaging moving forward with Hangouts Chat and Meet, Messages, and Duo:
Early reports of how Hangouts Chat may be received by its Classic-loyal consumer base indicate it may be a bit bumpy .