Google is reportedly shuttting down Hangouts in 2020


The site noted Google's announcement a year ago of a shift to an enterprise focus with G Suite's Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet as an early sign that such a decision was forthcoming.

Google will reportedly kill off its Hangouts chat app in 2020.

Furthermore, it is expected that Google could unveil new messaging apps, replacing Google Hangouts.

As the Verge noted at the time, the move made sense considering the significant number of chat apps under the Google umbrella, including Google Duo, Android Messages, and Google Allo.

That included Google Talk, which was more focused on enterprise users, and Google+ Messenger, the service formerly known as Huddle.

Despite its impending demise, Hangouts is still featured prominently in some of Google's other popular services, such as the Gmail web client.

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Given Google's abandonment of the app in terms of development and its presumed eventual death, many have already transitioned away from using it. Earlier this year, it opened up both Meet and Chat to all Google account holders.

According to a source familiar with Hangouts' roadmap (courtesy of 9To5Google), the service will be shutting down for good in 2020.

Johnston doesn't seem to take issue with the idea that Hangouts Classic will be deprecated.

While Hangouts Chat, much like Slack, was meant for easy conversations between the team and the organization, Hangouts Meet was introduced as a video-calling platform for fast, easy and convenient meetings.

Indeed his primary frustration appears to be the idea that users might think that Google is giving up on messaging, period.