Google will formally retire Google Hangouts within the first half of 2021 and migrate customers to Google Chat that’s presently obtainable to Google Workspace (erstwhile G Suite) prospects however quickly will rollout to common customers. During the transition from Hangouts to Chat, customers’ conversations together with contacts and saved historical past shall be moved robotically to different providers, the corporate introduced on Thursday. It implies that all of the platforms by Google that presently has built-in Hangouts service will both be eliminated or changed with Google Chat or Meet.
The actual timeline for this transition is presently unclear. The transfer is not completely surprising as Google had beforehand prompt its plan to migrate Hangouts customers to Chat and Meet in some unspecified time in the future. In the official assertion, the corporate stated that Google Chat would have its personal standalone app in addition to a devoted part inside the Gmail app and Gmail Web shopper. At the second, Chat is out there solely on the Gmail app for Google Workspace prospects. Google says with the Chat app, Hangout customers will get further options like sending to inbox, quicker search, emoji reactions and prompt replies – all with an improved safety.
Google Fi that’s built-in inside Hangouts, shall be obtainable to use on Messages by Google. Fi customers shall be ready to make voice calls and verify voicemail from Messages for net and handle conversations from Messages throughout units (even when their telephone is off). This transition will start this month, the corporate introduced. Similarly, Google Voice customers will now want to use the standalone Voice app to take pleasure in free calling service.
Google has stated forward of Google Hangout’s exit, providers which might be presently obtainable inside the platform can even shut this yr. For occasion, the ‘name telephones’ function in Hangouts shall be eliminated for customers within the EU and U.S this month due to new telecommunications regulation.