Today is the last day of Google Hangout–a video and voice chat app. Earlier in the week, Google revealed that the app will shut down today and its users will be switched to a different app called “Google Chat” that’s designed for businesses. RIP Google Hangouts…
Starting November 1st, Google Hangout will no longer be available to the public. The company says this is because they are focused on other apps that are available through Android and iOS.
Google Hangouts will no longer be available as a standalone platform in 2021, so they are encouraging all users to migrate to Gmail or the Google Chat App. This is because some data and chats will not automatically transfer to Google chat, including some photos and files. To avoid this, Google has asked its users to download a copy of their data before January 2023.
It’s been reported that Google has been slowly shutting down Hangouts, but we can’t really be sure.
The Hangouts app started on Google+ as a feature, but later became a standalone app. Within this app, users can chat with friends and family over selfies, videos, and voice messages.
Google has been trying to convert people to the Chat function as they believe it would be a better way to communicate.
Google Chat Product Manager Ravi Kanneganti said, “as we take this final step to bring remaining Hangouts users to Chat, we hope that users will appreciate our continued investment in making Chat a powerful place to create and collaborate.”