Google, the unseen blob that engulfs the modern world with its new technologies every now and then has decided to pull down its hangout services to replace it with the successor Chat and Meet.
In its official blog, Google announced some changes for its Google Hangouts app starting April 2019 when G Suite users will be able to use Chat online and via phone apps. The Hangouts for the G Suite will retire by October this year.
Hangouts Chat, will carry many if not all of the classic Hangouts features Google says it is bringing to the G Suite version. The features Google today announced would be coming to Hangouts Chat over the course of the next several months for G Suite users: integration with Gmail, chatting with users external to your organization, improved video calling, and making calls with Google Voice.
Worth noting is that Google mentions “free” Chat and Meet in this blog post. There aren’t any details yet, but Google told The Verge last year that Hangouts Chat would follow a “freemium” model all free Gmail account holders will be able to give it a shot, but Google’s not saying yet which features will require a subscription.
If you’re still using Hangouts as your consumer messaging platform of choice, Hangouts Chat will still be available to you and bring much of the same functionality after the classic version is turned down. Google has encouraged use of its Messages app and Google Duo for most consumer needs, however.