Google Hangouts Future Looks Bleaker by the Day

Google lets us in on new details in the plot to kill Hangouts

Google lets us in on new details in the plot to kill Hangouts

To recap there, Google Chat will be available to you during the first half of next year, assuming you are still using Hangouts. Voice support in Hangouts will then be removed early next year. And now, Google Chat will also get the same treatment as the company plans to phase out Hangouts starting next year.

Google on Thursday provided an update for users who still rely on Hangouts to chat with friends and family. When the transition is complete, the free version of Google Chat will be available as an integrated experience in Gmail and as a standalone app. You can see the same in the header image above.

Because Hangouts will make way for Chat, that means Google will need to make changes to Hangouts for Google Fi users. This move is not sudden and in line with the company's long-running plans to switch users to Chat and Meet one fine day.

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While Chat isn't an exact 1-to-1 replacement of Hangouts, it actually offers a bunch of additional features for group chats and collaboration around files and tasks, as well as new security tools. And the answer is yes. It will include Hangouts features like direct and group messaging, with helpful additions like send to inbox, faster search, emoji reactions and suggested replies. We'll share more specific guidance on what steps you can take when we begin the transition process.

Early next year, Google will remove Fi support in Hangouts. So, how will Google Chat be different? The search giant said in the first half of 2021, Hangouts users will be migrated to a free version of Google Chat - the Slack and Discord competitor now available to enterprise users. To ensure a smooth transition, we will help automatically migrate your Hangouts conversations, along with contacts and saved history.

Google will make Chat available for free to everyone (it's now exclusive to Workspace users), including the integrated experience within Gmail that Workspace users just picked up. In the past, the two have played closely together, providing Fi users with SMS, phone call, and voicemail access within Hangouts.

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