Google Hangouts was one of Google’s best and most popular chat apps. Now it joins most of the rest. RIP Google Hangouts, we’ll miss you.
It starts with the release of a robust, feature-rich product over the course of a few years and then degenerates into a random and inaccurate story of a company that had no idea what it had or how to use it.
Early Years: 2011-2013
Hangouts were launched as part of the Google Plus experience. People could chat with each other while using the app, video chat with each other, and the HangoutsOnAir service made it possible for you to broadcast your video chats to other people. then the only part of the site called Hangouts was the video chat and streaming service. In a way, it was, and it added to the excitement of the platform.
All of that changed during Google I / O in 2013 when Hangouts became its own app. It had chat and video chat functions. Hangouts were supposed to have SMS too but were updated later in 2013. It also came with cross-platform native support for video, voice, and text chat, a rare one at the time. HangoutsOnAir stayed connected to Google Plus.
The Golden Years: 20142015
In the middle years, the Hangouts really shine. It came out with a robust voice, text, and video chat service in the middle of the years along with support for SMS and MMS. This era of Hangouts began with the merging of SMS and Hangouts chats to create a cleaner and simpler atmosphere. Various updates in 2014 fixed bugs. It slowly added features, redesigned the user interface, and even added the ability to call physical phone numbers. The desktop version of Hangouts got chat heads a year after the feature was popularized by Facebook. 2014 was a time of massive growth for Hangouts.
In 2015, Google officially shut down Google Talk (the company ended that process in 2017) and laid all the eggs in Hangouts. This also began the experimentation phase of Google Hangouts. Google has experimented with letting you chat with businesses using Google Search. Integration with Google Now (later Google Assistant) was also introduced in mid-2015. Google even allows presentations in Hangouts. , the application was changed from version 2.4 to version 5.0, which contained a number of bug fixes, performance improvements and optimizations of the user interface. The application has even approved a billion downloads during this time. Things seemed to go quite well, and users were generally happy.
The problematic years: 20152016
Unfortunately, it is unfortunately at the end of 2015 and the beginning of 2016, when things are eating. The end of the year was a whisper of a new chat service in the mixture, while others whisper the SMS support in favour of the new Google SMS application (and the first possible successor of Google Hangouts) languages. The first became Google Allo and the latter supported the new Google SMS application that eventually became Google, RCS messages. , SMS and MMS application.
The beginning of 2016 showed trust in Google for Hangouts. The application received some important updates in the first half of the year and was found among the first chat applications to support the new Rapid Response feature of Android Nougat. Google added Google Duo, the third successor to Hangouts, in his library in August 2016. The company also announced that Hangoutsonair would be a sum blade.