Google has decided to shut its old chatting service, Google Hangouts. Though Hangouts is one of the most famous chatting apps, Google will say goodbye to it soon. In the place of Google Hangouts people can use Google Chat. In 2020 October, they announced about the release of Google Chat.
Google’s Announcement about Google Chat in 2020
“Google Chat for everyone coming next year
Next year, Chat will become available as a free service—both in the integrated experience in Gmail and the Chat standalone app. Chat includes familiar Hangouts features like direct and group messaging, with helpful additions like send to inbox, faster search, emoji reactions and suggested replies. With Chat, you can more easily plan with others on goals and similar interests, share and collaborate on files, and assign tasks to help keep everyone on the same page. In addition, Chat features the same strong phishing protections we built in Gmail, so if a link is sent to you via Chat, it will be checked against real-time data from Safe Browsing and flagged if it’s found to be malicious.”
Google suggests Hangouts users to upgrade
Recently Google has suggested their users upgrade from Google Hangouts to Google Chat. About their efforts behind making Google a better experience they said, “In October 2020, we announced Google Chat would be available for everyone. Since then, people could continue using Hangouts or upgrade to Google Chat — available as its own app or within Gmail — to take advantage of its modern features and integration with other Workspace products. We’ve continued to invest in Chat to help people better collaborate and express themselves, and now we’re taking steps to help remaining Hangouts users move to Chat.”
Before shutting down the entire Hangouts web client Google will give a one month warning to shift to the new app. The best thing is if you are still using the app Google will transfer your conversations to its newer app.
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