Google will soon kill Hangouts, the company's infamous message app. 9to5Google reports that the company will shut down Hangouts by 2020.
The app, which has long been translated by the company, is still in the new Gmail. The mobile apps for the service, on the other hand, continue to show signs of age. Google will eventually keep the Hangouts brand alive with business-focused Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet apps available through G Suite.
Google has already tried a lot of other messaging apps since Hangouts, and it was almost a running joke. The company still does Allo, who never took care of it, and it has recently begun investing in RCS, with the new Chat / Android Messages app, which works almost like Android's iMessage.
With Google (hopefully) continuing to invest in RCS and Chat / Android messages, it's clear that Hangouts or even Allo is not needed, and the company that takes down the service makes a lot of sense. I'm just not sure why it will wait until 2020 to kill it, though.
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