Google has indicated for years now that it planned to position Hangouts as a competitor to workplace chat apps like Slack. The Google+ Hangouts was also deprecated when Google Hangouts arrived, having been a video-focused service that was part of the ill-fated social network. If the report is correct, 2019 will be the past year in which consumers are able to use Google Hangouts - but Google already has chat alternatives available.
Besides, Reuters recently reported that European Union antitrust regulators have asked Google's rivals if the internet search giant unfairly demotes local search competitors, according to a questionnaire seen by Reuters, a move which could lead to a fourth case against the Alphabet unit.
The original Hangouts app will shut down sometime in 2020, a person familiar with the matter told 9to5Google.
Enjoy Hangouts while you can - because the feature may be ending come 2020. After launching Allo a few years ago - Allo has also been abandoned by the way - Google ceased working on Hangouts.
Users complain about bugs and slow performance; it seems likely that Google won't address these concerns anymore if the rumor is true. Since 2012, when it killed the Google Talk, the company has tried a number of messaging apps.
The shutting down was inevitable and delayed only because Allo performed poorly. The chat app was launched back in 2013, itself a replacement to three different messaging products which Google had been operating.
Google at this point has just gotten in the habit of shutting down services as soon as their popularity falls below the company's expectations, regardless of the people still using it. What is a suitable alternative?