Enlarge / Allo and Hangouts are going away, however Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet are opening as much as customers.

In a put up on its official weblog, Google laid out a simplified messaging technique for the long run. With a purpose to supply prospects “an easier and extra unified communications expertise,” Google promised to help solely 5 messaging apps going ahead, down from its present suite of seven. To chop down to 5 apps, Google will finally shut down Hangouts and Google Allo, whereas Messages, Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet, Duo, and Google Voice would proceed to be supported.

Google’s announcement of its quintuple-app technique comes on the heels of a report from 9to5Google, which claimed that Google Hangouts would shut down someday in 2020. Google’s Scott Johnston—a product lead for 3 of Google’s seven messaging apps—responded to the report on Twitter, calling it “shoddy reporting” and saying it “is simply half the story.” Whereas Google does plan to close down Hangouts finally, Johnston mentioned that Google can also be opening up two of its enterprise-only messaging apps—Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet—to its client consumer base, and customers of Hangouts can be transitioned to those two apps.

The weblog put up reiterated that “Basic” Hangouts would finally shut down whereas Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet can be opening up, however Google will not shut down Hangouts till it might probably guarantee a easy transition between apps. The put up additionally introduced that Allo, which had its growth “paused” earlier this 12 months in favor of Messages, will probably be shut down in March 2019.

When they’re shut down, Allo and Hangouts will be a part of Google Discuss, Google Areas, Google Wave, Google+ Messenger, and Google Buzz within the graveyard of former Google messaging apps.

Hangouts is Google’s longest-running messaging service, and it has over a billion installs on Android alone. It is the one Google messaging service that helps instantaneous messaging, SMS, video calls, and voice calls, with purchasers on Android, iOS, the Net, inside gmail.com, and on desktop by way of a Chrome extension. With such a large and complete characteristic set, Hangouts leaves little room for Google’s different messaging merchandise. When Hangouts is shut down, Google can higher diversify its messaging consumer base throughout its 5 remaining apps, I suppose.

“We’re excited by the progress we’ve made with our communications expertise over the previous few years,” the corporate mentioned. “And by refocusing on Messages and Duo for customers and Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet for group collaboration, we’re targeted on delivering an easier and extra unified communications expertise for all of you.”

The corporate uncared for to say Google Voice in its weblog put up, however understandably, the total Google messaging stack could be laborious to maintain monitor of.

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