Given Google's abandonment of the app in terms of development and its presumed eventual death, many have already transitioned away from using it. Google Allo - now supplanted by Chat in Android Messages and Google Duo handle consumer scenarios, while GSuite consumers can make use of Google Hangouts Chat and Meet. But all of them invariably end up limping to Google graveyard, that virtual place which has become crowded in the last few years as the tech company has culled products and services again and again.
According to a report from 9to5Google, a source familiar with Hangouts future claims that the messaging service is getting unplugged in 2020, for consumers at least. There was a lot of pressure for Google to come up with an iMessage competitor but Hangouts was not it. If the report is correct, 2019 will be the previous year in which consumers are able to use Google Hangouts - but Google already has chat alternatives available. Is it past time for the app to go, or is Hangouts your go-to chat platform?More news: Side issues loom over G-20 summit as world leaders arrive
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In 2018, now it seems that even if Duo continues to be important for Google, the company has abandoned Allo and is now probably focussing all its attention on the upcoming RCS messaging app. Google never revealed the total number of Hangouts users though.
A spokesperson for Google didn't immediately return Gizmodo's request for comment about the report, but we'll update this post if we hear back.