Google to begin migrating users from Hangouts to Chat starting next year

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Google will automatically migrate your Hangouts conversations, along with contacts and saved history.

It is also removing call phones features in Hangouts to comply with new telecommunications regulations in the European Union and United States which will be introduced beginning in 2021. Google will start informing users of the change along with guidance on getting refunds from this month onwards. From next year, Chat will become available as a free service both in the integrated experience in Gmail and the Chat standalone app, as per Google's official blog. Up until now, Google Chat was only available for premium G Suite customers.

To recap there, Google Chat shall be obtainable to you through the first half of subsequent yr, assuming you might be nonetheless utilizing Hangouts. Google will do a bunch of behind-the-scenes work to get you migrated over and ready to rock once that happens. Final timing, Google says, may still shift. In other words, every single Google Workspace customer will have to be on Google Chat, as Google will fully replace Hangouts with it. Currently, it's an opt-in change. As per the reports, at the end of 2021, Hangouts will be shut down.


Necessary improve (late 2021): All remaining clients shall be migrated to Chat Most popular, and we are going to totally substitute basic Hangouts with Chat. While Google has previously allowed Google Fi subscribers to use Hangouts to manage phone calls and texting, the company will push those users to its Messages app instead.

Google has some of the biggest messaging apps. Traditionally, Fi users were able to make calls and manage their text messages from Hangouts.

Slack said last month that it added 8,000 new paid customers and had more than 87 paid customers that provided revenue in excess of $1 million in recurring revenue. Allo flopped (and few people use Duo), leaving Google with the unenviable task of keeping the aging Hangouts platform around for the foreseeable future and making the overall transition harder and more complicated, to the point where I'm not sure that consumers really understand what's happening. It will remove Voice support in Hangouts from early next year.

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