Google: Hangouts users to be migrated to Hangouts Chat, Hangouts Meet

A Google product lead has responded to claims that Hangouts will be killed sometime in 2020, offering further insight into what may be replacing it.

G Suite real-time communications head Scott Johnston tweeted that the claims, laid out in a report by 9to5Google, were technically incorrect. Hangouts would not be shut down without having its current users migrated over to two of its existing solutions, Hangouts Chat and Hangouts Meet — both currently attracting productivity clients.

Android Central‘s Ara Wagoner pointed out to Johnston that many Google properties are still referring users to what some would consider a “dying” service that has not had some of its confusing interfaces mended.

Johnston did not proffer a timeframe for the end of Hangouts classic.

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