Rumor claims Google Hangouts will shut down in 2020

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Since 2012, when it killed the Google Talk, the company has tried a number of messaging apps. After years of indications that such a move could be imminent, Google may finally be shutting down its Hangouts platform for consumers.

Furthermore, it is expected that Google could unveil new messaging apps, replacing Google Hangouts.

While consumers may lose the well-known chat app, Hangouts will live on for enterprise users as Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet.

According to a source familiar with Hangouts' roadmap (courtesy of 9To5Google), the service will be shutting down for good in 2020.

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Google is now working on a new messaging app that will support Rich Communications Services (RCS), making SMS nearly WhatsApp like. It was the default Android app for instant messaging, group chats, and was the default chat service when communicating within the Gmail desktop version. Let us know in the comments down below.

Android Messages is now what the company would prefer consumers to use, but given Google's history of launching and closing chat tools (remember Allo?) users would be forgiven for wondering just how long this tool may last.

The platform has seen several major changes since its inception but Google has put its development on the backburner, instead focusing on its more recent services: Google Allo and Duo. However, instead of working on improving Google Talk, the tech company simply made a decision to kill it and launched Hangouts. In 2016, Hangouts was demoted, if not immediately killed, by Google as it launched a new messaging app called Allo for text and multimedia messages and Duo for video calls.

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