While this can be the start of the top for ‘Hangouts’, it’s going to nonetheless stay on in the interim, as a result of the buyer model of the identical service will proceed to be referred to as ‘Hangouts Chat’ for the foreseeable future. “There will be no changes to the consumer (classic) version of Hangouts”, a Google spokesperson advised The Verge on Thursday. That being the case, customers will nonetheless have the ability to entry the service from their shopper Gmail account or obtain the app from the Play Store and the App Store.
While the phasing out of the Hangouts branding could also be slightly unhappy for some customers, the actual fact nonetheless stays that the service by no means managed to attain the form of reputation that the Google have needed. While the corporate initially supposed to close down Hangouts for good final yr, the plan has since been placed on maintain, and the most recent developments now recommend that the corporate could also be reconsidering its choice to cast off the service altogether.
Google Chat and Google Meet, in case you don’t realize it already, have been launched in 2017 as Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet, respectively. While the previous is a direct messaging app for G Suite customers, the latter is a video conferencing app with help of as much as 30 folks directly.