Google is taking steps to shut down the Hangouts app but no official end date has been announced yet. However, it is signing out users with free personal accounts to show that Hangouts' end is near.
Google's plan to migrate business users to its new Chat platform and replace Hangouts is entering its final stages, and the company is equally bringing the new app to consumers to supersede Hangouts.
Google has made Javier Soltero the head of all its messaging products. Up until now, he was the VP and GM of G Suite but will now also lead the unified team of Messages, Duo, & the Android phone app.
A Google executive listed a few new features coming to Meet, it's paid video conferencing service. It will add a 16-participant grid view to video calls, bring in Gmail integration, and more.
Another part of the struggling Google Hangouts brand is disappearing. The company is rebranding its Hangouts Meet service to Google Meet, as is indicated by a Google Cloud blog post.
Google is working on a new unified messaging app for businesses that will bring "together the functions of several standalone apps" This includes Gmail, Drive, Hangouts Chat, and Hangouts Meet.
Google is postponing the shutdown of the classic Hangouts for G Suite customers until June 2020 as many users are asking for more time to transition their organization to Hangouts Chat.
Google today announced the dates that it will begin to phase out Google Hangouts classic for G Suite customers, also saying that consumers will see the service end shortly after that.
Google is expected to shutter its Allo messenger hot on the heels of news that Hangouts would be going away too. The company has been winding down Allo development during this year.
Following reports about the impending closure of Hangouts sometime in 2020, Google now seems to be working on migrating consumers to Hangouts Meet and Chat, which are currently available on G Suite.
Google's messaging and video app, which has been inactive for a while, is set to be formally killed off sometime in 2020. The Hangouts brand will live on in Google's enterprise offerings.
The Electronic Frontier Foundation has launched a new version of its Privacy Badger extension. The new update now stops Google from tracking links within Hangouts, Docs, and web searches.
Google says that G Suite users can now enable interoperability with third-party systems like Cisco, Polycom, and Skype for Business for Hangouts Meet a few weeks after the integration was announced.
A recent teardown of the Google Allo app for Android has revealed that users may soon be able to connect with their Gmail contacts, in addition to the phone number linked accounts.
A new study conducted by an Italian operator has revealed which popular messaging app consumes the least amount of data when tested under light, medium, and heavy usage. The results vary wildly.
Google today announced two new communication services for businesses, called Hangouts Meet and Hangouts Chat, moving further toward transitioning Hangouts into an enterprise platform.
Google rolled out its new video chat app Duo yesterday, and has now revealed that Hangouts will be increasingly focused towards business users going ahead, though it will still be available for all.
According to a credible new report, YouTube is looking to launch a new livestreaming app. This wouldn't be the first time the service tries to promote live videos but this time it may actually succeed
Facebook has been reported to be testing new features with its Messenger app on Android. Some of the noted features are: SMS support and the ability to use multiple accounts in app.
Google might once again be rethinking its instant messaging strategy as a new rumour has indicated that the company is testing a new build of Hangouts without SMS support.
To make up for the lack of a desktop client, Google has launched a standalone website for providing access to Hangouts through the browser without the need of any plugins
Google has updated 'Hangouts' to version 4.0. The update will bring improvements to the design, functionality and will also decrease battery consumption. The updated app in available for Android.
Google+ is finally being killed off and its organs are being donated to other projects. So far, Photos and Streams have been spun off into a separate product, while Hangouts is expected to follow soon
Google Talk is set to be discontinued in favour of Hangouts and the desktop application will stop working on February 16, after which users will need to use the Hangouts app for Chrome
According to a new report, Google is planning to launch its own mobile messaging client after its failed bid to acquire WhatsApp and losing market share to other messaging applications of late.
Earlier this year it was rumored that Google was killing off Google Voice completely, opting instead to integrate VoIP features to Hangouts; that rollout has started and you can migrate to it now.
Google is rumoured to kill off its Google Voice service in the near future and will be integrating VoIP functionality in the Hangouts application on Android and iOS enabling users to make phone calls.
Texting is by far one of the most popular activities on smartphones, here's a feature-by-feature rundown of some of the top clients plus a look at the their data policies.
Google has been awarded a patent by the USPTO which details the process to convert virtual conversations between people into comic strips that can be later shared via various social networks.
YouTube has started rolling out the live streaming feature to all accounts, but only those in "good standing" will be able to use it and users will also need to verify their account to get started.
Delivering on a promise made earlier this year it seems like Google is getting ready to ship an updated version of its Hangouts app. The update brings SMS integration, a highly requested feature.
Google+, the often-mocked social media platform, may by "crazy like a fox" as features from the tool merge into other Google offerings. Do you find yourself using Google+ more as time goes on?
Google has added a new feature to the Hangouts section of Google+', letting users make phone calls to any cell phone or landline via the PC Hangout feature. Calls to the US or Canada are free.