OK, now that we’re all on the identical web page (proper? All of them?), The primary piece of stories on the weblog put up is that Google Chat goes stay for shopper accounts “by the primary half of 2021”. The service was launched as a business-centric G Suite app (G Suite is now known as Google Workspace). You initially needed to pay for G Suite to entry Google Chat. However in 2021 will probably be free for everybody. Google desires a “clean transition” from Google Hangouts to Chat and “mechanically migrates your Hangouts conversations together with contacts and saved historical past”.
The sluggish demise of Hangouts
With the rise of Google Chat, Google Hangouts will die. Google introduced this again in 2018. Now we get extra details about the service’s sluggish shutdown and transition plans for the companies that depend on it. Now we have already observed that Hangouts are shedding location sharing and SMS help. Within the weblog put up, Google introduced that cellphone calls, Google Fi help, and Google Voice help will quickly be banned from the service.
First up is the lack of Google Fi SMS, which begins “within the subsequent few weeks”. Google Fi can use your cellphone textual content messaging app to ship messages. Nonetheless, since it’s a true cellular phone service, Google Fi may also obtain SMS messages by Hangouts. Hangouts has apps for Android, a Chrome extension, and two net entry factors – Gmail and hangouts.google.com – making it simple to make use of Google Fi. For Google customers, it was additionally the house of their non-text messaging, so you have got it multi function handy app. Whereas Google does chat for Hangouts, it would not try this performance. If you’d like Google Fi messaging, you’ll quickly should be utilizing Google Messages, the Android SMS app.
Google Messages solely has an Android app and an internet app. The Messages net app is at present relaying knowledge out of your cellphone. So your cellphone must be on for it to work and it’s essential to sign up by scanning a QR code out of your cellphone. Google notes that Fi customers can use net messaging “even when the cellphone is turned off”. So it appears that evidently the traditional login performance is lastly out there for the service.
Google Voice can also be shedding the Hangouts integration this month. Voice has its personal cellphone apps and an internet app that you’re going to quickly have to make use of.
The demise of cellphone calls in Google Hangouts is seemingly as a result of “new telecommunications laws being launched within the EU and US from 2021”. Google is not explaining what these new laws are, however the schedule is in step with an FCC mandate for VoIP companies that features the situation with 911 calls by January 2021.
Google chat is not horrible
That is all very paying homage to the opposite main Google shutdown that’s happening: the transition from Google Play Music to YouTube Music. Whereas YouTube Music is much from completed and Google Music customers can depend on quite a few capabilities, Google Chat is an appropriate alternative for Hangouts. For some cause, I have already got entry to my Google buyer account and was in a position to ship a message to my current Hangouts contacts. There aren’t any noticeable options lacking, and the consumer interface is trendy and simple. It isn’t performed but, primarily because of transition points. I am unable to be a part of group chats or add new contacts. Solely a sure variety of my contacts have been marked as chat suitable. The core messaging seems nice although, and when each individuals are within the chat you get nice options like enhancing messages. It isn’t a aggressive service in comparison with messaging ecosystems that do not restart each two years. Nonetheless, in the event you simply wish to ship messages and photos backwards and forwards throughout your entire gadgets, that is nice.
As with Google Music, nevertheless, Google goes backwards once more by shutting down an previous service quicker than the brand new one. These transitions can be a lot smoother if Google made the brand new app absolutely practical first and shut down the previous app later after individuals moved on. Slowly exiting current apps with no usable alternative out there would not simply really feel dangerous. It opens up the choice for customers to completely safe Google companies.
Whereas Hangouts will lose extra options this month, we do not have a closing shutdown date for the service but.