Google Hangouts will definitely die in November 2022, but don’t be surprised if it dies before you

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In May 2013, there was talk of the Google Babel project as Google’s great messaging proposal. That finally became Google Hangoutsand now this platform is about to die.

It will definitely do so in November 2022, but the truth is that this is the official date of its disappearance, because Google is “slowly killing” it and several users are already receiving messages to be transferred to Google Chat, its replacement and the new trick of this company to compete with WhatsApp or iMessage.

Goodbye Hangouts, hello Chat

In October 2020Google already indicated that Google Chat was the future of its messaging platform, but during all this time it has been giving the option of continuing to use “the old” Hangouts or switching to the new service.

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That transition period is now accelerating. The Mountain View Firm has announced that Hangouts will no longer be available in November 2022 without specifying a specific day. In fact, they encourage users to make a backup copy of the data they have in the service through Google Takeout just in case.

The evolution of Hangouts was curious: after its launch in 2013 as an evolution of Google Talk, its popularity on Android was clear and downloaded over 5 billion times. It even ended up integrating the reception and sending of SMS messages, as Apple does with iMessage.

In 2016, Google decided that this was not the right strategy and launched Google Allo without this application taking hold. Even so, Google already indicated in 2018 that the intention was to abandon that serviceand although Hangouts said goodbye to Google Workspace users in March of this year, conventional users could continue to use both this platform and Google Chat.

That changes starting today: Google will start sending messages and notices for those who still use Hangouts migrate to Chatwhich can be used both integrated in Gmail and in the form of a mobile application or in its web version in https://chat.google.comwhich is also a progressive web app.

The google strategy With the passage of Hangouts to Chat in messaging, it joins that announcement that Google Meet and Google Duo will end up “merging” in videoconferences to finally only have Google Meet in the coming months.

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In May 2013, there was talk of the Google Babel project as Google’s great messaging proposal. That finally became Google…

In May 2013, there was talk of the Google Babel project as Google’s great messaging proposal. That finally became Google…

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