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Alphabet’s Google division continues to terminate undesirable apps with the newest being its messaging service,...

Alphabet’s Google division continues to terminate undesirable apps with the newest being its messaging service, Hangouts.

In a blog post this week, Google revealed that it will wind down Hangouts later this 12 months, because it seeks to encourage customers emigrate onto Google Chat, which will be accessed both by way of Gmail, or as a standalone app.

“We’ve continued to spend money on Chat to assist folks higher collaborate and specific themselves, and now we’re taking steps to assist remaining Hangouts customers transfer to Chat,” wrote Ravi Kanneganti, product supervisor at Google Chat.

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“Shifting to Google Chat opens up new and higher methods to attach and collaborate,” wrote Kanneganti.

“First, beginning right now, folks utilizing Hangouts on cell will see an in-app display screen asking them to maneuver to Chat in Gmail or the Chat app,” wrote Kanneganti. “Equally, individuals who use the Hangouts Chrome extension might be requested to maneuver to Chat on the internet or set up the Chat internet app. In July, individuals who use Hangouts in Gmail on the internet might be upgraded to Chat in Gmail.”

“Whereas we encourage everybody to make the change to Chat, Hangouts on the internet will proceed to be obtainable till later this 12 months,” Kanneganti added. “Customers will see an in-product discover a minimum of a month earlier than Hangouts on the internet begins redirecting to Chat on the internet.”

Kanneganti stated that conversations for most individuals might be routinely migrated from Hangouts to Chat, however customers who want to make a copy of their Hangouts information are inspired to make use of Google Takeout to obtain their information earlier than Hangouts is now not obtainable in November 2022…”

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App consolidation

Google Hangouts was designed as an instant-messaging app working throughout a number of platforms for its now shut down social network platform Google+.

In 2013 Hangouts was spun out as a separate app however failed to achieve widespread utilization, competing in opposition to the likes of WhatApp, Fb Messenger, and Telegram.

And it’s honest to say that Google has been consolidating a variety of its companies of late.

Google+ for instance had at one stage been supposed to rival the mighty Fb (despite Google’s claims to the contrary) when it was launched in June 2011, changing its earlier incarnation, Google Buzz.

Google+ lasted till 2018 when the search engine big announced it would sunset Google+ in August 2019 for the patron market.

Nevertheless it maintained the product for the enterprise sector and renamed it Google Currents.

However in February this 12 months it was introduced that Google Currents (formerly known as Google+) was to wound down, with Areas taking its place.