Google has long offered two messaging apps, Hangouts and Allo, that are fairly similar in how they work. But as of this week, the search giant has decided to close down one of them: Hangouts will no longer be available on July 31, 2018. According to The Verge, this doesn’t mean Google will never offer another messaging app again; rather, it suggests the company may be moving to chatbots instead of in-person conversations.The End of Hangouts Google Suggests a Move to Chat ?

What was once a popular chat app is now gone

Google has announced that it is shutting down Hangouts, suggesting a move to chat. This comes as a surprise to many users who have been using the app for years. While there are other chat apps available, none of them have the same features or user base as Hangouts. It is unclear what will happen to all of the messages and conversations that have taken place on Hangouts over the years. For now, users will just have to find another way to communicate with their friends and family.

The End of Hangouts Google Suggests a Move to Chat ?
The End of Hangouts Google Suggests a Move to Chat ?

What’s replacing it

Chat is the new messaging app from Google, announced in May 2018. It’s available now for Android, iOS, and web. Chat is basically Hangouts without the video and voice features. You’ll still be able to message your contacts, but you won’t be able to make video calls or phone calls. Google has said that they’re working on adding those features back in, but they haven’t given a timeline for when they’ll be available. In the meantime, if you need those features, you can use Hangouts or another messaging app like WhatsApp or Skype.

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Why would they kill such an app?

There are many possible reasons why Google would shut down the Hangouts app. One reason could be that they want people to use their new chat app, which is similar to Hangouts. Another possibility is that Google doesn’t think Hangouts is popular enough and wants to focus on other messaging apps like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. Finally, it’s also possible that Google simply wants to streamline its messaging apps and thinks that having two separate apps for chatting is unnecessary. Whatever the reason, it’s clear that Google is moving away from Hangouts.

What are the alternatives?

There are a few alternatives to Google Hangouts, including: Skype, Facebook Messenger, WhatsApp, WeChat, Viber, and LINE. Each has its own set of features, so it’s important to choose the right one for you. For example, Skype offers video calling and screen sharing, while WhatsApp is known for its end-to-end encryption. You may also want to explore your company’s other chat options, such as Slack or Microsoft Teams.

The End of Hangouts? Google Suggests a Move to Chat
The End of Hangouts? Google Suggests a Move to Chat

And finally, what does this mean for you (the blogger)?

Well, if you’re a heavy user of Hangouts, this news might come as a bit of a shock. Google has been gradually phasing out the app in recent years, and it’s now clear that they’re ready to move on from it entirely. While there are some alternatives out there, none are quite as comprehensive or user-friendly as Hangouts was. So it’s bittersweet news for many of us. It was great while it lasted, but there are plenty of other chat apps out there we can turn to!

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What is the Google Hangouts Phase 4 phase out?

The end of Google Hangouts has been a long time coming. The messaging platform was first introduced in 2013 as part of the company’s social network, Google+. In 2017, Google announced that it would be splitting Hangouts into two products: Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat. And now, it looks like the final nail has been driven into the coffin with the announcement that Hangouts will be shutting down in 2020.

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