Gchat is officially dead, long live Hangouts

Google announced back in March that it will transition Gchat users to Hangouts, which will eventually end up in Gchat being completely retired. The chat service that was launched back in 2005 as a means of communication between Gmail users will be closed today and replaced with Hangouts.

Gchat, or Gtalk, users have been served numerous prompts in the last couple of months, which warned them about the change and invited them to switch to Hangouts by the end of June. If you haven't done that yet, after June 26, Gchat users will be automatically transitioned to Hangouts.

According to Google, Gchat die-hard fans will find the Dense Roster settings in Hangouts more to their liking since it should provide a similar experience as their favorite chat service.

Also, the Gchat app on Android will stop functioning, so there's no point in trying to continue to use it. Hangouts promises advanced improvements over Gchat, including group video calling and full integration with other Google services, so there's really no reason to live in the past.

source: Google

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