Google’s system all over its messaging applications is nothing at all if not messy suitable now (good day Hangouts, Meet, Chat, Duo and Co.), but it appears to be like items will get a little bit easier come up coming year. We currently knew that Hangouts’ time was coming to an stop and as Google introduced these days, the corporation will allow all current Hangouts people to migrate to Chat — which was at first intended to only be its Slack-like messaging service for business users — in the initial 50 percent of 2021.
One particular intriguing wrinkle below: Chat will now also grow to be free to use for people. At this time, you have to be a paying out G Suite/Workspace consumer to access the service (while in some way it’s enabled on my totally free private account).
Although Chat isn’t an exact 1-to-1 substitute of Hangouts, it essentially presents a bunch of extra functions for group chats and collaboration close to data files and duties, as nicely as new safety applications. Chat, together with Rooms and Meet up with, will also be built-in deeply into the Gmail app as component of Google’s Workspace migration.
Google claims it will automatically migrate all Hangouts conversations, contacts and history to Chat, but it is not providing specifics about this yet. Ultimate timing, Google says, may nonetheless shift. It’s not obvious, although, when Google will drive everybody to migrate and shut down the Hangouts servers for very good.
There are a few far more details right here: if you use Hangouts with Google Fi, Hangouts support will go away ‘early upcoming calendar year.’ Traditionally, Fi buyers had been ready to make calls and deal with their text messages from Hangouts. That expertise will migrate to Google’s Messages application.
If you’re a Google Voice consumer, there is a very similar changeover taking place. For voice calls and textual content messages, Hangouts buyers will now be directed to the Voice application and early future year, your Voice assistance will be eliminated from Hangouts.
And for all end users in the U.S. and Europe, the skill to simply call phones from Hangouts will disappear at the commencing of next yr — and team online video calls in Hangouts will transition to Satisfy in November.
Yeah — that all seems sophisticated, but it is a issue of Google’s very own producing. A few many years in the past, the notion was to shift Hangouts users to its Allo and Duo apps and small business users to Chat and Meet up with (or whatever they were called back then). Allo flopped (and number of folks use Duo), leaving Google with the unenviable process of maintaining the getting older Hangouts system all over for the foreseeable upcoming and building the in general transition more difficult and a lot more complicated, to the point the place I’m not guaranteed that shoppers definitely comprehend what is going on.