Google will continue your Hangouts conversations

Ruben Fields
October 19, 2020

According to the statements "to ensure a smooth transition, we will help you automatically migrate your Hangouts conversations, along with saved contacts and history". We now know when the migration to Chat will happen, as well as the future of Hangouts with Google Fi and Voice.

"Separately, in November, we'll update the group video calling experience in Hangouts with Meet to provide better quality meetings", Google said.

Earlier this month, the tech giant announced the launch of Google Workspace which combines a range of services including Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Chat and Meet, among others in one place.

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Additionally, due to new telecommunications regulations in the European Union and USA beginning in 2021, Google will remove the call phones feature in Hangouts. Google will do a bunch of behind-the-scenes work to get you migrated over and able to rock as soon as that occurs. Currently, it's an opt-in change. Google also used this to introduce Google Chat, something that was initially only available for people that used Workspace but has slowly been rolling out to everyone else. Customers who only have enabled Chat, with classic Hangouts completely disabled, will not be impacted.

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. That includes removing Fi support in Hangouts early next year. The timeline for it has shifted a number of instances, however we'd truly be getting nearer, in line with a number of updates Google shared this morning associated to their previously nice messaging platform. Google Fi users won't be able to manage text messages and calls from Hangouts from sometime early next year. In a few month, they'll present extra particulars on how that may occur. But Google has been gradually phasing out the Hangouts brand in favor of its newer messaging services for some time now, so it's not surprising it would want to start pushing more users to its newer apps instead.

By using Chat, users can easily plan with others on goals and similar interests, share and collaborate on files, and assign tasks to help keep everyone on the same page.

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