Google says no decision has been made on when Hangouts will be shut down

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Google has strongly denied claims in several online tech blog that Hangouts will be shut down in 2020. While Google did not deny that it was planning to sunset the app, it denied that it had reached a decision on the timeline.

Scott Johnston, Director of Product Management and Real-time Communications Product Lead for G Suite said those reports are far from being accurate. He denied any decision on when the app would be shut down had been made. In his exact words on Twitter, Johnston said:

I run Hangouts and this is pretty shoddy reporting. No decisions made about when Hangouts will be shut down. Hangouts users will be upgraded to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. Your source is severely misinformed. You can do better.”

Of course, there is no denying the fact that Hangouts will eventually shutdown—a story that Johnston confirmed, the app will be migrated to Chat and Meet to ensure it continues to exist.

He also responded to reports that Google was planning to launch eight more messaging apps; insisting that the number should have been twelve. So, what we should actually be expecting is 12 apps and not twelve.

Google has now been as successful as other companies in terms of developing chat apps. Despite several efforts to make its Allo app successful and popular, things never really got going until Google stopped providing support and regular updates.

Last March, one of Google’s top engineers Justin Uberti said that Allo was being reengineered to “transaction the app’s backend framework to a new setup.” No exact timeframe was revealed, and it is not yet known when the reengineered version of the messaging app will be available to the public.

In 2017, Google stepped up its Allo marketing by promoting the mobile messaging app to people on the streets. Former Google Product head Amit Fulay retweeted a picture of a bus-sized food truck handing out grilled cheese sandwiches to people on the streets who download the Allo app. Plastered with an Allo wrap with a message on how to chat with the Google Assistant, it’s quite obvious what the tech giant is trying to achieve by doing this.

Clearly printed on the side of the bus, include information on how start a conversation with three or more of your friends—and earns you a free beanie hat. It is not clear if existing Allo users will be able to benefit from this, but what we do know for sure is that Google is most certainly taking its Allo publicity to a new height.

That is in the past now as things did not quite click as Google had expected. While Allo did not last more than a couple of years, the same cannot be said of Hangouts, which was launched in 2013.


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Author: Ola Ric

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