“Subsequent 12 months, Chat will grow to be accessible as a free service—each within the built-in expertise in Gmail and the Chat standalone app,” Google says in an replace. The corporate says it’s going to permit customers to “start upgrading” in “the primary half of 2021,” and that dialog historical past from Hangouts will robotically carry over to Chat to ease the transition.
The replace is coming with just a few different adjustments that can have an effect on individuals who at present use Hangouts exterior of Gmail. Whereas Google has beforehand allowed Google Fi subscribers to make use of Hangouts to handle cellphone calls and texting, the corporate will push these customers to its Messages app as an alternative. Likewise, Google Voice subscribers who beforehand used Hangouts to handle calls can be directed to make use of the Voice app as an alternative. (Google says it plans to take away Voice help from Hangouts completely someday in 2021.)
Google doesn’t point out what all these adjustments imply for the way forward for the patron model of its Hangouts app (the corporate already has a plan to tug Hangouts from Workspace by the top of next year). However Google has been regularly phasing out the Hangouts model in favor of its newer messaging providers for a while now, so it’s not stunning it might wish to begin pushing extra customers to its newer apps as an alternative.
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