Google Hangouts is reportedly shutting down in 2020

Judy Cobb
December 3, 2018

After yesterday's rumours that Google would shutter Hangouts for consumers in 2020, it appears that Google has a product manager for Hangouts, and also, that reports of its demise may be premature.

Google's yet to officially comment on this news, but don't be surprised if we get an announcement at some point next year confirming that Hangouts is on its way out the door.

"As mentioned, Hangouts as a brand will live on with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, the former meant to be a team communication app comparable to Slack, and the latter a video meetings platform", the report added.

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While there is no official confirmation regarding the closure by Google, an insider source suggests that Google Hangouts' end is near. Since 2012, when it killed the Google Talk, the company has tried a number of messaging apps.

In 2012, GTalk and WhatsApp were arguably evenly matched although it was clear that WhatsApp was growing while Google's app, which was available on mobile as well as desktop, was stagnant. Hangouts came into existence sometime in 2013 as a replacement to GChat app. Google has made a lot of alterations to the Hangouts app since its launch. Google's new messaging effort Chat won't take off before 2019, and that is probably the main reason why the consumer version of Hangouts is retired in 2020 and not in 2019. The Google+ Hangouts was also deprecated when Google Hangouts arrived, having been a video-focused service that was part of the ill-fated social network. However, with a migration to Hangouts Chat and Meet on the table, the platform will continue, and we understand that existing Hangouts chats and data will be maintained.

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