In a publish on its reliable weblog, Google laid out a simplified messaging technique for the long run. With a view to be offering consumers “a more practical and extra unified communications enjoy,” Google promised to strengthen solely 5 messaging apps going ahead, down from its present suite of 7. To chop down to 5 apps, Google will in the end close down Hangouts and Google Allo, whilst Messages, Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet, Duo, and Google Voice would proceed to be supported.
Google’s announcement of its quintuple-app technique comes at the heels of a file from 9to5Google, which claimed that Google Hangouts would close down someday in 2020. Google’s Scott Johnston—a product lead for 3 of Google’s seven messaging apps—spoke back to the file on Twitter, calling it “shoddy reporting” and announcing it “is solely part the tale.” Whilst Google does plan to close down Hangouts in the end, Johnston mentioned that Google could also be opening up two of its enterprise-only messaging apps—Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet—to its client consumer base, and customers of Hangouts can be transitioned to those two apps.
The weblog publish reiterated that “Vintage” Hangouts would in the end close down whilst Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet can be opening up, however Google would possibly not close down Hangouts till it could be sure a clean transition between apps. The publish additionally introduced that Allo, which had its construction “paused” previous this 12 months in desire of Messages, might be close down in March 2019.
When they’re close down, Allo and Hangouts will sign up for Google Communicate, Google Areas, Google Wave, Google+ Messenger, and Google Buzz within the graveyard of former Google messaging apps.
Hangouts is Google’s longest-running messaging carrier, and it has over one billion installs on Android by myself. It is the solely Google messaging carrier that helps quick messaging, SMS, video calls, and voice calls, with shoppers on Android, iOS, the Internet, inside of gmail.com, and on desktop by way of a Chrome extension. With this type of vast and complete function set, Hangouts leaves little room for Google’s different messaging merchandise. When Hangouts is close down, Google can higher diversify its messaging consumer base throughout its 5 final apps, I suppose.
“We’re concerned about the development we’ve made with our communications enjoy during the last few years,” the corporate mentioned. “And via refocusing on Messages and Duo for customers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for group collaboration, we’re interested in turning in a more practical and extra unified communications enjoy for all of you.”
The corporate not noted to say Google Voice in its weblog publish, however understandably, the total Google messaging stack will also be arduous to stay observe of.