Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020

  • Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020

Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020

The original Hangouts app will shut down sometime in 2020, a person familiar with the matter told 9to5Google.

If the seemingly non-existent support or lack of feature updates for Google Hangouts wasn't enough of a hint, it appears Google will be shutting Hangouts down for consumers in 2020. Google transitioned Hangouts to be more of an enterprise tool rather than consumer with the launch of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet previous year.

The move shouldn't be a surprise for anyone who's been paying attention. previous year Google announced it was shifting the focus of Hangouts to enterprise. Considering Google essentially stopped updating the app over a year ago, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. Is it past time for the app to go, or is Hangouts your go-to chat platform?

A few years later, Google launched Allo and Duo as simple-to-use instant messaging apps as brand new products, eventually converting Hangouts into a business group or collaboration chat/communication service.

It's unclear what the future holds for folks who've been using Hangouts since before it was called Hangouts. Such examples include Google Reader (an RSS reader), Google Buzz (a Twitter-like short blogging site), and the Google+ Social Network is already on its way to the schedule sunset date of August 2019.