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Google details plan to replace Hangouts with free version of Chat in 2021

Google on Thursday provided an update for users who still rely on Hangouts to chat with friends and family. The search giant said in the first half of 2021, Hangouts users will be migrated to a free version of Google Chat — the Slack and Discord competitor currently available to enterprise users. Google will automatically migrate...

Google Chat will soon let customers see conversations from Hangouts

It's been a long and twisting road for Google Hangouts. Launched in 2013, the service was an instant favorite with Android users and the SMS integration won over even more users. Nowadays, the Hangouts brand is split into a "Classic" version for consumers and the G Suite version was renamed to Google Chat. There is some...

[Update: Confirmed] Google may rebrand Hangouts Meet to simply “Google Meet”

Google has a reputation for killing its apps tastelessly. Hangouts, however, has survived the ax despite Google's deliberation of shutting it down – or replacing it with apps named after it – for over three years now. Since then, it has been talking about "upgrading" users from the classic Hangouts app to Hangouts Chat and...

Google Hangouts update on Android removes location sharing

Google released Hangouts way back in 2013 and the service soon became a favorite among Android users. The app featured SMS integration, which was one of its more popular features as it allowed users to have all their messages in one app. Sadly though, despite its popularity, the service was sidelined in favor of Allo...

[Update: Postponed for G Suite] Google will transition “classic” Hangouts users to Chat and Meet later this year

One of the biggest Google stories of 2018 was the downfall of Hangouts. The platform had long been seemingly abandoned, but we finally got some news about its future. In December, we learned that Hangouts users will eventually be transitioned to Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet. There was no timeline given at the time, but...

[Update: Rolling out] Google Voice is finally testing making Phone Calls over Wi-Fi

Google and messaging apps: name a more iconic duo. Okay, while we like to joke about Google's penchant for creating new messaging apps, the company does still update their older apps with really useful features. Case in point: Google Voice. After a years-long wait, the Google Voice app will finally receive the ability to place phone...

[Update: No Decisions Made About Timeline] Google Hangouts for consumers may be shutting down in 2020

Google Hangouts is not the darling child it once was. Released back in 2013, it was a favorite among Android users. The SMS integration was very popular as it allowed users to have all their messaging in one app. Unfortunately, Hangouts has slowly been left by the wayside. A new report claims Hangouts for consumers will...

Gboard testing smart replies for WhatsApp, Facebook, Allo, Snapchat, and more

Google's stock keyboard app for Nexus and Pixel smartphones, Gboard, is my go-to keyboard ever since Swype for Android was discontinued. The popular keyboard app for Android devices recently received the ability to create GIFs but the last update that added a feature I would call "smart" was back in February with the addition of email...

Hangouts Meet is replacing classic Hangouts video in May for G Suite users

About a year ago, Google split Hangouts into two separate apps for G Suite users. Hangouts Chat is a Slack-like communication platform for teams. Hangouts Meet is a video chat platform that has existed independently from the old Hangouts video chat that everyone knows. That's about to change as Meet will officially replace the old Hangouts...

Dropbox announces integrations with Google Drive, Hangouts, and Gmail

Dropbox had a major role in making cloud storage popular. Unfortunately, the company still gives only 2GB of storage for a free account, an amount which has long since been surpassed by Google Drive and Microsoft OneDrive. The service has managed to retain many loyal consumers, and now, it's getting integration with Google's cloud productivity...

[Hands on] ‘Reply’ brings Smart Replies to Twitter, Hangouts, Android Messages, Facebook Messenger, and more

Last week, we heard about an interesting new application that is in development. Called 'Reply,' the app was made by Googlers from Area 120, an experimental division within Google. The app aims to bring smart reply functionality to chat/messaging apps that currently do not have it, such as Twitter, Hangouts, Facebook Messenger, Skype, Slack, Whatsapp,...

‘Reply’ will bring Smart Replies to Whatsapp, Facebook Messenger, and other Chat Apps

Google's AI-powered Smart Reply was first released with its Inbox app. Now, it's a part of Google Allo and Android Messages (for Project Fi users only) as well. Smart reply offers automated replies, and like any AI-powered feature, it can be correct at times, or off the mark at various instances. Now, a new app being...