Google may kill Hangouts in 2020, but only for consumers (UPDATE)

Google may kill Hangouts in 2020, but only for consumers (UPDATE)
UPDATE: We've been approached by a Google spokesperson who revealed in a statement additional details about the company's plans for Hangouts services. You can read all about it below:

Google is killing another app two years from now, a new report by 9to5google claims. Hangouts is supposed to remain a business-only service from 2020, as consumers won't be allowed to use it any longer.

Sources familiar with Google's plans claim Hangouts for consumers will be killed sometime in 2020, which shouldn't be surprising since the search giant is working towards making RCS (Rich Communications Services) the standard messaging service for the Android ecosystem.

Although consumers will be given other messaging options to replace Hangouts, the service will remain available to business customers as part of the G Suite package (Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet).

Even if this comes out as a rumor, Google has been hinting to Hangouts' demise after announcing a new RCS Chat feature built within the Android Messages app. As more carriers start adding support for RCS messaging, a superior solution compared to Hangouts, it's only fitting that Google discontinues the product when it becomes obsolete.



1. Atrixboyyy

Posts: 618; Member since: Nov 03, 2011

Makes a ton of sense to kill off the only working cross compatible account/email chat service you offer... #TheGoogleWay

2. 14545

Posts: 1835; Member since: Nov 22, 2011

It's what they are best at.

6. japkoslav

Posts: 1552; Member since: Feb 19, 2017

I used Hangouts for years, I switched to Discord like an year ago. It really is a better service, better voice, better groups etc. + it is multiplatform as well.

7. TheOracle1

Posts: 2340; Member since: May 04, 2015

Wtf is wrong with Google? Hangouts is probably THE most comprehensive messaging app available. Wtf does RCS do that Hangouts can't? My Google Voice numbers run through Hangouts, video, sms, chat etc. I don't even bother with Duo and the rest of the clusterf*ck they've developed to replace Hangouts. JUST IMPROVE HANGOUTS YOU F*CKING MORONS and dump the other stuff.

3. warrenellis93

Posts: 557; Member since: Jul 21, 2011

Google - hey everybody, hangouts is an app that replaces your text message app and has video calling. Me - cool Google - f that app, we now have a dedicated messaging app and seperate video call app. Me - f u google

4. speedingcheetah

Posts: 93; Member since: Jul 22, 2017

BUT....this app is required to make WiFi calling work on Project Fi.

5. Jphones

Posts: 259; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Sounds fine to me. The RCS eliminates the need for separate video,email, call and messaging applications.

8. Rampage_Taco

Posts: 1109; Member since: Jan 17, 2017

Hangouts has Messaging, Video, and Call features. The fact that its run through Google links it to Gmail, but either way you wouldn't send an e-mail over RCS

9. Shazam777

Posts: 42; Member since: Aug 08, 2018

Making Duo/Allo separate apps were really stupid moves. I will never understand the decision behind that, aside from copying Apple having FaceTime and Imessage as separate apps

10. OneLove123

Posts: 1257; Member since: Aug 28, 2018

No!! I love how I cant text or video call anyone with the same email for all of my phone lines.

11. gsengillo

Posts: 45; Member since: Sep 05, 2010

I miss hangouts for SMS.

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