Google Hangouts has been retired and is being replaced by Google Chat, the company’s newest messaging service for users and businesses. The app was removed from both the Google Play store and the App Store earlier this year. Google has now announced that Hangouts on the web will be upgraded to Google Chat as the final step in completely replacing Google Hangouts – the messaging service launched in 2013 as a feature of Google+ – with Google. Chat, the default messaging app for Google Workspace users. According to the company, the transition will begin November 1.
Gadgets 360 received an email from the Google Apps Team announcing an upcoming upgrade from Hangout on the web to Chat on the web. “We’re emailing you because some chats or parts of your conversations won’t automatically switch from Hangouts to Chat,” the email read. You can check your inbox for contact information from Google. The company suggests that if you want to keep your Hangouts chats alive, you must “use Google Takeout and easy Download your data before January 1, 2023 when Hangouts data will be deleted. “
Hangouts on the web and chats on the platform will remain accessible in Hangouts until November 1, 2022. If you delete chats from Google Hangouts, the corresponding content in Google Chat will also be available. can be deleted, “so don’t delete any chats you want to keep.” If you don’t want to switch to Chats, you can stop using them at any time. in Chat or delete your Google account entirely” but that will also delete all data content in that account.
Google says that Google Chat “provides tighter integration with other Google Workspace products and modern features” and that’s why Google Chat is moving to Chat. Modern features on Google Chat include gif pickers and Spaces, which is a dedicated place for topic collaboration – just like on Twitter.
Earlier this year, Google delisting Hangouts app from Google Play app market stores as well as Apple’s App Store in a move aimed at preventing new users from downloading the now-defunct chat app on iOS and Android devices. Google Hangouts switch to Google Chat was reported back in November 2018. The company start converting Workspace users from Hangouts to Meet in October 2020.