Still using Gtalk? After February 16th, Google will push you to Hangouts

Still using Gtalk? After February 16th, Google will push you to Hangouts
In just over a week, Google will prompt users of Gtalk to move over to Hangouts by shutting down Gtalk altogether. None of this should come as a surprise to anyone. The app has not been available to download for quite a while and queries would redirect interested parties to Hangouts instead.

This final inevitable shove for whomever is still using Gtalk is not a guarantee they will stick with Hangouts, particularly if they used the browser interface most often. There are other, arguably more agnostic messaging platforms, that will work just as well (like WhatsApp).

Mobile users will not have a problem, unless they were using a third-party app for Windows Phone, then they will be out of luck since no Google services are available for that platform. As we are finally approaching a reality of converged services across form factors, Google had to take Gtalk out of the picture since it was redundant. 

Hangouts has a more unified experience, but it has not seen the widest of adoption by users. The “all-in-one” messaging, SMS, calling, video chat platform lacks little details that other, more discrete services seem to execute better. Google even created a new SMS/MMS “Messenger” app that has a better material design motif that Hangouts.

So, are you a Gtalk holdout?  Are you going to make the move to Hangouts or find another service?

via: Tech2

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12 Comments

1. Doakie

Posts: 2478; Member since: May 06, 2009

Well way to make Windows Phone even more difficult to use as a Daily Driver. Whenever I'd use my back up Lumia 520 I'd use a third party Google Talk client to talk to all my friends directly who all use Android only and I would miss out on the group chats they were having in Hangouts. Now I better go back to texting them. Whatever I actually get around to using it. If I hadn't spent only $20 on the 520 I might actually be somewhat upset. But honestly Windows Phone feels more and more like a fancy feature phone these days. Other platforms get more and more features while Windows Phone feels the same now as it did 3 years ago. Actually you know what blocks me the most fun using my 520 more often, even more than the app gap on Windows Phone is the fact that AT&T provisions data for 3G only phones differently than LTE phones. So whenever I pop my SIM card into my 520 then switch it back to my OnePlus One or my Moto X they won't get any data until I call into AT&T customer service. Very obnoxious.

5. VLaRueC

Posts: 189; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

Doakie, you seem like a smart person. You write very well. Maybe the fault isn't with Windows Phone but with Google? It's obvious that you like Windows Phone - you mentioned you had one three times in a Google related article. Maybe you should be upset that Google keeps shutting down services on you..

6. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

If I could upvote your comment more than once, I would upvote it until my computer crashes.

8. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

Seriously you love Windows Phone, but it seems like you need Google even more. Get a Moto G, you'll have more than what you need.

2. torr310

Posts: 1722; Member since: Oct 27, 2011

Hope Google will keep Voice alive. I love it as text message and voice mail replacement.

3. tjnapster555

Posts: 9; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

i like gtalk coz it allow you to send files like facebook chat but hangout dosent have that

4. shuaibhere

Posts: 1986; Member since: Jul 07, 2012

I still have a old phone with gtalk installed.. Lol...

7. Deaconclgi

Posts: 405; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Looks like the end of the line for the built in GTalk on the Nokia N900.

9. GeorgeDao123

Posts: 432; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

GTalk still exists? I thought it had already been replaced by Hangouts completely.

10. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

Lol, my dad still uses that.

11. GeekMovement unregistered

This doesn't really have to do with GTalk, but more with my last experience using hangouts as my main SMS app. I don't like the design of the default Samsung messaging app, so I was stoked to try this out (been a while, so I may give it another go), but what I found was that while text messages came and went fairly smoothly, it took forever to receive MMS messages (or images of any sort), even if the file size was very small. I switched over to Google Messanger and I liked that design even more, but the same issue made me finally switch over back to Samsung's default messaging app. Has anyone else experienced a similar issue? I'm going to try hangouts again.

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