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.
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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