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The days of Google Talk are over

The days of Google Talk are fast entrance to an end. As a association announced today, a messaging use that allowed Gmail users to speak to any other given it launched in 2005, will now be totally retired.

Even while Google pushed Hangouts as a consumer messaging use (before Allo, Duo, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet) over a final few years, it still authorised revolutionary Gtalk users (and there are copiousness of them) to hang to their preferred chat app. Over a subsequent few days, these users will get an “invite” to pierce to Hangouts. After Jun 26, that switch will be mandatory.

The bequest Google Talk Android app, that hasn’t been accessible for years now, will also stop functioning soon. Those users are, of course, “encouraged” to implement Hangouts.

Hangouts itself, of course, is going by a possess transition right now. While it’ll be around for a while, Google is positioning it as a business-centric use and bursting it adult into Chat and Meet (though a bequest Hangouts service will still be around for a while). For consumers, Allo and Duo are now a elite messaging services, though there is still no web chronicle of Allo, for example, so during this point, Google can usually pull users to Hangouts (unless we should see a Jun 26 date as a probable launch date for Allo — and maybe Duo — on a web).

While Google’s altogether plan is flattering transparent (Allo/Duo for consumers, Hangouts Chat/Meet for a enterprise, Android Messages for carriers), the execution of this transition still leaves most to be desired. And given all of a stream changes, who knows if Google will indeed hang to this stream plan or launch another messaging app (Hallo?) soon.

And here is another refurbish that’ll only supplement to a confusion: after fusing Hangouts and SMS for a while, a association is now focused on Android Messages as a primary use for accessing content messages. So if we are now regulating what Google now calls a “classic Hangouts” app as your SMS client, Google will ask we to switch to Android Messages (unless we use Google Voice with Hangouts for Google Voice SMS, or we are a Project Fi user).

On a certain side, Google is also murdering a few final Google+ facilities in Gmail: Google+ Circles and the ability to email Google+ profiles. Those will be left someday after Apr 24).

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