Itâ€™s been a long time coming, but Google might finally put the kibosh onÂ HangoutsÂ in 2020. According toÂ 9to5Google, citing sources familiar with Googleâ€™s roadmap, the legacy messaging app will shut down for consumers after next year. No specific timeframe was mentioned.
This shouldnâ€™t really come as a surprise â€” in March 2017,Â Google announcedÂ Hangouts would split into two enterprise-focused apps:Â Hangouts MeetÂ andÂ Hangouts Chat. Ever since that announcement, the company began winding down support for the consumer version of Hangouts. ItÂ removed SMS support from the app in May 2017, urging users to instead useÂ Android Messages. Hangouts also hasnâ€™t received any notable updates for awhile, and manyÂ die hard usersÂ have been reporting bugs as of late.