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The chat app was launched back in 2013, itself a replacement to three different messaging products which Google had been operating.

But the former Hangouts services, Meet and Chat, were split out for enterprise users and this seems to be part of what's happening with Google.

While there is no official confirmation regarding the closure by Google, an insider source suggests that Google Hangouts' end is near.

Contrary to reports by 9to5Google, Google's real-time chat service, Hangouts for consumers will be shutting down for good sometime in the future and not 2020, reports Android Police.

Regardless of your choice, the reality is stark: Hangouts Classic - as Google now wants to call it - is garbage, and if it does eventually make way for better products, well that can't happen soon enough. A report says that in 2020, Google will shut it down.

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Google has indicated for years now that it planned to position Hangouts as a competitor to workplace chat apps like Slack. Considering Google essentially stopped updating the app over a year ago, this doesn't come as much of a surprise. RCS stands for Rich Communication Services and Google has been keen on making it the default service for its messages across platforms.

Furthermore, it is expected that Google could unveil new messaging apps, replacing Google Hangouts.

How do you feel about the demise of Hangouts?

With Hangouts still integrated into some of Google's core products (e.g. on-demand video conferencing linked to Calendar events), it's likely that consumers will still find a use for Hangouts going forward. Let us know in the comments down below.