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Google closes the Hangouts messenger
3 December 2018
Google is planning to close another of its services in the near future - the Hangouts messenger.
Hangouts was created in 2013 and during this time has already got more than a billion downloads on Google Play. Now it exists as a standalone application and is integrated with Gmail and some other Google products. True, the company has not updated the messenger for the last year, so closing it was not unexpected news.
According to preliminary data, the messenger will cease to exist in 2020, although Google representatives have not yet confirmed these deadlines. After that, its variations of Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet will remain, which will continue to work as part of the G Suite business application suite.
By the way, the Hangouts messenger will become the 45th closed Google service. Recent ones were Google+ and goo.gl.