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On April 25th, most third party apps using Google Hangouts will be shutting down

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On April 25th, most third party apps using Google Hangouts will be shutting down
Even with its Allo messaging app launched, Google has said that it has no plans on shuttering Google Hangouts. Still, it has started pre-installing Allo on new Android handsets instead of Hangouts. While Google might not be ready to eliminate Hangouts, it is no longer allowing third party apps to use Hangouts' API. And starting on April 25th, the API will no longer work.

This means that any app that uses Google Hangouts won't be available after that date. Google plans on using Hangouts as a tool for meetings which means that Google will be aiming it at enterprise use. 

There are some apps that will still work with Hangouts past the April 25th drop dead date. Those include the the DialPad and RingCentral apps that can be used to dial into a call. Hangouts will also continue to work with enterprise communication tools like Slack, and with Google's own Hangouts on Air broadcasting tools like Toolbox, Control Room and Cameraman.

"At the Google Horizon event in September 2016, we previewed a new experience for Hangouts focused on meetings. In order to streamline our efforts further, we will be retiring the Google+ Hangouts API that enables developers to build apps for the older version of Hangouts video calls. This API was originally intended to support social scenarios for consumer users as part of Google+, whereas Hangouts is now turning to focus on enterprise use cases."-Google


source: Google via TechCrunch

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posted on 07 Jan 2017, 02:08 1

1. MrElectrifyer (Posts: 3678; Member since: 21 Oct 2014)


Just curious, what is that going to be, the 3rd or 4th or 5th messaging service they're going to eventually be shutting down? No plans yet, but that's what they said about other services too. Eitherway, glad I never trusted them in the first place...

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 02:28

2. amasog (Posts: 420; Member since: 22 Aug 2013)


hu! what is google hangouts?

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 13:51 2

6. LionStone (Posts: 797; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


If you used a Google # you'd know... Google it.

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 14:30 1

8. Jason78 (Posts: 275; Member since: 10 Apr 2013)


Google's version of Skype or Facetime. You could use it to make video or voice calls over the internet.

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 07:31 3

3. Zylam (Posts: 985; Member since: 20 Oct 2010)


Upsetting, I use Hangouts so much. Allo sucks and is a step backwards.

Hopefully they don't mess with the regular non enterprise Hangouts app.

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 09:30 1

5. jove39 (Posts: 1921; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


There is no enterprise or non-enterprise hangouts app. It's just one app for all users.

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 14:06 1

7. LionStone (Posts: 797; Member since: 10 Dec 2010)


Don't worry it's getting better each update, especially now that they acquired that new company to specialize the audio.

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 09:27

4. haikallp (Posts: 242; Member since: 10 Feb 2012)


2 years later..google discontinues Allo.

posted on 07 Jan 2017, 16:38 1

9. JunitoNH (Posts: 1931; Member since: 15 Feb 2012)


Typical, classic Google can't stick to anything.

posted on 08 Jan 2017, 03:20

10. SmartPhoneMobiles (Posts: 84; Member since: 16 Oct 2016)


Huraaa at laaastt

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