After the closure of the social Google + Mountain View announces the closure of the doors also for its messaging app Hangouts by 2020
After the closure of Google + Mountain View announced the arrival at the end of the line also for Hangouts, its messaging platform once integrated right within the social platform. Google plans to leave only the Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet versions, which are designed for businesses.
Just with Google Plus, the Hangouts app has several points in common, in addition to its now permanent closure. In fact, the messaging messaging app was born in 2013 from a Mountain View project that was tied in knots with Google+. It was initially conceived as a more innovative alternative or a secondary app to Google Talk, another of Google's messaging and chat apps. Hangouts, crushed by the weight of the competition, and of all things by more popular and similar apps like WhatsApp and Telegram, never made a dent in the hearts of Android and iOS users. Not to mention that Google itself has launched several services to eclipse Hangouts given its success with the public, such as Google Allo for text conversations and Google Duo for video calls.
Google announces closure for Hangouts
The business side functions, therefore, will remain active but Hangouts for individuals will close forever by 2020 at the latest. For those who don't have a particular favorite messaging app, it won't be a big loss, since in addition to the aforementioned WhatsApp and Telegram, alternatives are not lacking on both the App Store and Google Play Store. Think for example of Facebook Messenger or the new Instagram Direct. Those who are fond of Hangouts, however, will not have taken the news well. For them, Google has already made it known that they will not lose chats, files and documents exchanged within the application because Mountain View intends to redirect them on the already mentioned Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet versions for conversations and video calls. But doubts remain high, how will Google move its most loyal users to two platforms designed not for instant messaging for individuals but for companies and startups? It seems like a stretch, but feedback from Mountain View users themselves will tell.