The Hangouts messaging client’s days are numbered, and the company has announced that it will soon be replaced by Google Chat, as announced at the end of last year.
Google to close Hangouts soon
Launched in 2013 as the unification of Google Talk and Google+ Messenger, now eight years later we also have to say goodbye to Hangouts in favor of its successor Google Chat that comes integrated into the Gmail application.
Google Hangouts does not yet have a closing date but the company has begun to warn its users through its application that Google Chat will soon replace Hangouts, setting its transition in motion.
Since a few months ago users can already use Google Chat, where they will see that all their conversations of the last year are already in the new messaging client. In the Hangouts announcement, Google informs that older conversations will be available at a later date.
Hangouts show login to switch to Chat in Gmail, which will log us out of Hangouts and open the Gmail application, activating the Chat tab. Google Chat can be used through its standalone application or from within Gmail.
Google Chat is practically the improved version of Hangouts, which previously under the name of Hangouts Chat was only available for G Suite accounts (now Workspace), and adds integration with Google Drive, Google Calendar, and Google Meet.