Consumer apps that rely on Google Hangouts won't work after April
Possibly one of the earliest messaging and social app that everybody amongst us must have used is the Google Hangouts. You may have used Google Hangouts for a long time and you can't deny the amazing service it anyway provides to its users.
But not so long ago, Google had launched two new social apps, namely Allo & Duo, that were supposed to really replace the Google Hangouts. And pretty soon enough, it recast Hangouts as a cross-platform chat app for enterprise customers.
But eventually now, Google has sealed Hangout's fate. A minor update to the Google Hangouts FAQ reveals that the app is going to shut down in late April by Google. And of course, it means that any consumer app that integrates or is integrating with Google Hangouts will be dead in a few months, something which nobody among us expected.
The updated FAQ says,
At the Google Horizon event in September 2016, we previewed a new experience for Hangouts focused on meetings. In order to streamline our efforts further, we will be retiring the Google Hangouts API. Hangouts is now turning to focus on enterprise use cases.
So we can say that this is just the recent move from Google that allows them to focus more on enterprise consumers with Hangouts. This also gives people motivation to use applications like Allo and Duo (as well as some other non-Google messaging platforms too). The other apps that rely on Google Hangout's platform like PingPong Hangouts, Draw with your Face and Roll20 will also thus stop working post April. Still, some apps will still have access to Hangouts, but only if they qualify as enterprise communication tools, like Slack, Bummer etc.
Consumer apps that rely on Google Hangouts won't work after April Reviewed by Taha Maknoo on 1/08/2017 01:25:00 am
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