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

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.

source: Google via TechCrunch



1. MrElectrifyer

Posts: 3960; Member since: Oct 21, 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...

2. amasog

Posts: 552; Member since: Aug 22, 2013

hu! what is google hangouts?

6. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

8. Jason78

Posts: 281; Member since: Apr 10, 2013

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

3. Zylam

Posts: 1817; Member since: Oct 20, 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.

5. jove39

Posts: 2146; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

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

7. LionStone

Posts: 1048; Member since: Dec 10, 2010

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

4. haikallp

Posts: 319; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

2 years later..google discontinues Allo.

9. JunitoNH

Posts: 1946; Member since: Feb 15, 2012

Typical, classic Google can't stick to anything.

10. SmartPhoneMobiles

Posts: 187; Member since: Oct 16, 2016

Huraaa at laaastt

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