Fast forward to April of this year, Google announced its new "Chat" features for Android Messages as its next big project for finally delivering a messaging service that can compete with Apple's iMessage. Also, Chat and Meet are both enterprise-focused services that require G Suite accounts.
While Hangouts Chat, much like Slack, was meant for easy conversations between the team and the organization, Hangouts Meet was introduced as a video-calling platform for fast, easy and convenient meetings. Instead, Hangouts users will be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. In the latter case scenario, it could be Google Hangouts.
Users complain about bugs and slow performance; it seems likely that Google won't address these concerns anymore if the rumor is true.
Regardless of your choice, the reality is stark: Hangouts Classic - as Google now wants to call it - is garbage, and if it does eventually make way for better products, well that can't happen soon enough.More news: 2.0 (Hindi) stars well, stability today is the key
The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly.
Although Hangout is not something as popular as WhatsApp, or even Facebook Messenger, it integrates with Gmail and hence used by a lot of people.in particular, it is a handy tool for workplaces where Gmail is often in use.
Hangouts was launched as a replacement for Gchat in 2013 by the tech titan but has been losing features in recent years as the company has stopped updating the app and taken away SMS messaging.
Are you still using Hangouts? What is a suitable alternative?