After offering Hangouts for free, it's now looking like the service has a limited shelf life according to reports from 9to5Google.
Stop us if you've heard this one before: there's a report that Google is considering either launching or shutting down a messaging app.
Google Real Time Communications product lead Scott Johnston confirmed on Twitter, however, that this is untrue.
In particular, Hangouts Classic (as today's Hangouts is known internally) will be shut down eventually.
The original Hangouts app will shut down sometime in 2020, a person familiar with the matter told 9to5Google. For instance, in 2017 it announced the addition of Hangouts Meet for enterprises. Google Hangouts matured from the earlier Google Talk or GChat app.
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It technically will still be available as part of the G Suite's Hangouts Chat for workplaces, it seems.
The shutting down of Hangouts shouldn't come as a surprise for its consumer users, as Google did not make any changes to the app for more than a year, Also, some reviewers suggested that Hangouts app was showing signs of age, bugs as well as performance issues.
But regardless of the process, it is for certain Hangouts as it now exists won't be around for much longer.
While it might not be as popular as some of the other services from Google, Hangouts is still widely used. Some other examples such as Inbox and Reader come to mind.
Hangouts, Google's chat app that was first debuted in 2013, may finally be nearing the light at the end of the tunnel. Then again, at this point its probably too late, as people have already made their choice between Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Telegram or iMessage.
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